By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore slated Mesut Ozil by calling him a “flat track bully” after Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The 28-year-old playmaker failed to impact the top of the table encounter as Arsene Wenger’s side dropped valuable ground on the Premier League title race.
Theo Walcott had put the away side into the lead when he slotted home Alexis Sanchez’ cute reverse pass.
But after the break Pep Guardiola’s team changed the game around with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling securing all three points for the home side.
Speaking on his football podcast, Call Collymore on December 18, the former Liverpool striker did not hold back on his criticism of Ozil as Wenger’s side capitulated to a second defeat in five days.
“Where is Mesut Ozil? Where is Ozil during the big games,” said Collymore “Against Ludogorets a hat-trick, in those kinds of games he is a flat track bully.
“But in these very biggest of games, a quiet and shy man, doesn’t step out of his shell to be able to command and dominate a game.”
Ozil has played 22 Premier League and Champions League games for the north London club this season.
The German international has scored nine goals and provided six assists during those game, including a hat-trick against minnow Ludogorets in the Champions League.
Nonetheless, Wenger’s side have now dropped down to fourth in the table where they are now on 34 points from 17 games, nine points behind leaders Chelsea and one point ahead of Tottenham.
They will be looking to answer their critics back after suffering two defeats withing a week when they enter the busy and important festive games.
Wenger’s side host West Brom on Boxing Day, before taking on Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace in the new year.
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