Martin Keown slammed Mesut Ozil following Arsenal's Europa League semi-final exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening; insisting that the German is
A sole Diego Costa strike on the stroke of half-time was enough to see the Gunners dumped out 2-1 on aggregate
Arsenal’s main failings.— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) May 3, 2018
1) For a decade not good enough at the back.
2) Ozil is just a flat track bully, and fails to show up in games that matters.
3) Arsene has moved away from pace and power that won him so much in his early years
Agree or disagree
"I haven't been happy with him for some time, and it seems as if he picks and chooses his games," the 51-year-old said.
"When Wenger made the change and Wilshere came off, at times I was watching and thinking 'well are you going to get back for your team are you actually going to put a shift in?'.
"I don't think this team can carry anybody - and tonight it looked like they had been carrying him."
Fair play to the Arsenal fans. Turned up in their thousands, shoved up in the Gods, sang their hearts out, and were treated to some hapless, shapeless defending (Chambers decent, rest poor), Ozil going missing, and the season ending with a whimper. #afc— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 3, 2018
Co-pundit and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder
"Yes, but I think he can get on the ball, demand the ball, make things tick as a Vieira would have done," the Arsenal legend continued.
"And it's almost like somebody needed to grab him a long time ago and give him a shake and say 'we're trying to get the ball to you, we are working for you, but you're not working for us'.
I think Mesut Ozil is an extremely talented player but whoever decided to pay him £400k a week needs firing. He's the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake kind of player and we've got no cake and no icing. His influence on games just doesn't justify it.— Orbinho (@Orbinho) May 3, 2018
"I bet he doesn't play again this season. He'll have some emotional breakdown and won't be able to play at the weekend.
"I don't know how many illnesses he's had this season. The fella is not kidding me. That is not a proper performance. He's not giving everything and there's much more under the bonnet. Somebody else will find it.
"Whether the new manager coming can find it I don't know. It's a big problem for the new manager because Wenger's invested an awful lot of money in this player and I'm not seeing a performance to go with it.
We've got fans out here trying to defend Ozil in that game.— Renato (@th14Renato) May 3, 2018
I'm with Keown on this. Anyone who watched the game and gets football understands Ozil was poor tonight.
Throw whatever stats at me you want.
"He wasn't fit to wear the shirt tonight. And I've seen this a lot this season and it needs to be said because he needs to be dug out because we expect more from him. He's a World Cup-winner.
"Listen, I've had my say on it and I feel he's not giving enough for Arsenal Football Club.