28-year-old worst of the bunch: Three things learned from Arsenal loss v Crystal Palace
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League/
Ozil horror show
There were a number of dreadful performances from the Arsenal players against Crystal Palace, but midfielder Mesut Ozil was the worst of bunch. The 28-year-old turned in yet another horror display in the Premier League and fans will be desperate to know why his form has dropped so considerably. The playmaker has showed some real moments of quality during his time at the Emirates Stadium and even began this season in good form. However, the German international has disappeared on too many occasions this campaign and the performance against Palace was another one of those examples. Ozil was wasteful in possession throughout, a skill he has become renowned for excelling at. He should be dropped for the next game and not return until he rediscovers his best form.
Wenger on the brink
Arsenal fans are divided on the future of their long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, but the defeat against Palace could well be the final straw. They were completely outclassed by a relegation threatened side and showed no desire to make a contest of the match. The Gunners were restricted to very few chances and Palace looked the better side throughout. It is hard to see how French boss Wenger can win back some of the supporters and his exit could be imminent. Arsenal fans are still waiting to hear the announcement regarding his future and it would be no surprise to see him walk away.
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Midfield reshuffle needed
Arsenal certainly need a major reshuffle in the summer if they want to compete at the top-end of the table and the midfield area should be a priority. The Gunners have several options in the middle of the park, but none of them have proven themselves to be top Premier League players. Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny were the guilty pair in the Palace game, but there is a serious lack of quality in Arsenal’s squad. They were completely overrun by a Palace side and were lacking a dominating position in the midfield.
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