It’s never nice to see fans turning on their own players, does Mesut Özil deserve the criticism he got for his performance against Manchester City?
Arsenal and Manchester City just played out a fantastic 2-2 draw that had everything a neutral would want. If you were an Arsenal or Manchester City fan you probably didn’t enjoy it quite as much, both teams left feeling like they threw away three points.
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Demichelis Arsenal Goal: Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis heads in to equalise at the Emirates.
Jack Wilshere picked up the Man of the Match award with a goal and an assist, answering a number of his recent critics.
One player who certainly didn’t answer his critics today was Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Özil. He has been less than convincing since returning from a successful World Cup campaign, and he doesn’t look like shifting gears any time soon.
Arsenal fans seem to be losing patience with him now, a fact that was evident by the tweets directed at him during and after the game.
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— Biba (@Karibiba) September 13, 2014
When’s Wenger going to bring on Ozil?
— Coral (@Coral) September 13, 2014
This has probably been Ozil’s worst Premier League game ever!!
— Ryan Fatone (@rfatone1) September 13, 2014
Mesut was partly to blame for the Manchester City equaliser, failing to mark Martin Demichelis; he can’t be held solely accountable however, as the zonal marking system doesn’t ever seem to work for Arsenal in truth.
Arsene Wenger is notorious for keeping faith in his underperforming players, but many feel it is time Özil was dropped. Many blame the manager for playing him out of position, the German more often than not deployed out on the wings, but his lacklustre performances don’t suggest it is something that will be remedied by a position change.
Should Wenger continue to have blind faith in his record signing? Or is it time some of the younger blood like Campbell or Chamberlain got a real chance?