By Amir Mir
Martin Keown believes Mesut Ozil was unsure when to squeeze or press during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham last Sunday.
Playmaker Ozil, whose cross led to Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer heading into his own net opened the scoring, before Harry Kane converted from the penalty spot.
The 28-year-old failed to have any impact on the game as Arsene Wenger’s side produced a lacklustre display in front of their own fans.
Former Gunners defender Keown was impressed by the opposition as he explained why Wenger was outdone by Mauricio Pochettino
“It was better [result] for Tottenham,” Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column. “Their players looked pleased with themselves and it will have restored their confidence. They played a different system that outfoxed Wenger and his staff.
“One or two players weren’t sure of their roles – Mesut Ozil was not sure when to squeeze or press. Arsenal looked a little hurried in possession. Tottenham will have come away from the Emirates feeling that they had put on a good away performance.”
German international Ozil has played 14 Premier League and Champions League games for Wenger’s side this term, where he has scored seven goals and provided four assists.
The World Cup winner is currently on international duty with his home country as they prepare to take on minnows San Marino in a qualifier on Friday night, before travelling to Italy for a friendly four days later.
Ozil will then return to club duty as the Gunners prepare for a tough away fixture against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.