Paul Robinson admits he has been left baffled by Unai Emery’s decision to keep Mesut Ozil out of the side after the midfielder’s impressive performance for Arsenal against Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper says that the German international was one of the standout performers for the Gunners in their stunning 5-5 draw in the League Cup on Wednesday night.
The 31-year-old was making just his third appearance of the season against the Reds, having also featured in their League Cup win over Nottingham Forest and in the Premier League clash versus Watford.
Robinson says that he does not understand why Ozil appears to have been frozen out under Emery and that his performance on Wednesday surely means he is set to return to the first-team fray sooner rather than later.
Robinson told Football Insider: “I thought Ozil did well. An Arsenal team that are struggling to hold on to a winning position, struggling to get points in the league, I can’t see why Ozil doesn’t fit into the manager’s reckoning.
“Surely it’s only a matter of time before he comes back in after a decent performance. He’s had his character questioned and he’s had his application questioned in the past but I can’t question that last night.
“He’s a consummate, experienced professional who has obviously had problems in that area. He seems to have applied himself and kept himself at a level where he gives the manager a problem.”
Ozil’s lack of game time for the north London side during the current campaign comes after he managed to play 35 times across all competitions last season, fitness and injury problems limiting him to 24 appearances in the Premier League.
The Gunners’ next match sees them take on Wolves at the Emirates Stadium, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side also knocked out of the League Cup by Aston Villa.