Lothar Matthaus delivers scathing verdict on Arsenal senior man, not a big game player
By Matt Farr
Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has slammed Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil for his failure to perform in big-games.
The 28-year-old has come under fire for his below-par performances in recent weeks, leading to reports that Arsene Wenger was set to drop him from the side ahead of their clash with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Ozil played in the first leg in the Allianz Arena but but couldn’t inspire Arsenal to a result as they lost heavily 5-1.
In his column for The Sun, former Bayern Munich man Matthaus argued that Ozil is not a big-game player, and was disappointed with his contribution in matches at the highest level.
He wrote: “He is a guy who can make the difference – but in big games I just don’t see him as much as I’d like to see him.
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“That is a problem for Arsenal, and a shame. He has all the quality to win games at the highest level but it doesn’t happen enough.
“His performance at Chelsea the other week summed him up. I don’t know why but when he plays against the big teams he doesn’t play at the same level as he does against smaller teams.”
The German international was in world-class form last season, contributing an incredible six goals and 19 assists from 35 Premier League appearances.
However, despite showing glimpses of that form earlier in the campaign, Ozil has struggled this season. He has contributed just two assists from his last eight league appearances, and is goalless since the win over Stoke on December 10.
Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton appeared a little more harsh in his criticism of the midfielder, claiming he looks uninterested in playing for the club at the moment.
Rio Ferdinand, on the other hand, has been a little more sympathetic towards Arsenal’s struggling star, insisting that he has been unfairly made a scapegoat for the club’s poor form.
In other Arsenal news, here is how Arsenal are set to line-up against Bayern.