Arsenal's £42.4m man Mesut Ozil is struggling for acceptance from his team-mates and looks a "lost" player still struggling to find his role at the Emirates, according to former German international Michael Ballack.
Ozil endured a difficult evening during last night's 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, missing an early penalty after producing a brilliant Cruyff turn to initially win the spot kick himself.
The ex-Real Madrid aimed a soft spot kick straight at Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and his and Arsenal's evening worsened significantly from that point on, with Arsenal reduced to 10 men before conceding twice in the second half.
Ballack watched Ozil toil for much of the second half as part of an analyst role for Sky Sports after being moved to the left-hand side, regularly leaving Rafinha and Arjen Robben to make dangerous runs in-behind.
The ex-Chelsea maestro thinks that from the outside looking in Ozil is yet to earn the backing of his team-mates, with Mathieu Flamini and Per Mertesacker both giving the midfielder a public dressing down on the pitch in recent months.
Ballack is quoted by the Daily Star as declaring: "He looks a bit lost in this team.
"When he came here there was so much expectation with the quality he has. The first games he looked good, played well and was comfortable."
"With his quality he should be untouchable and bring out so much in the team. But it looks like he has not the acceptance of the team.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have to manage his prized asset carefully heading towards the business end of the campaign, with the Gunners still very much in the chase for a domestic double despite their European disappointment.