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Alisher Usmanov has his say on Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil was clearly not at his best against Bayern Munich earlier this week - and even Arsenal's second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov could tell.

To be fair, the entire Emirates Stadium could see the Gunners midfielder was out on his feet in the second half.

Arsene Wenger's hands were tied when it came to substitutions following Wojciech Szczesny's red card and Kieran Gibbs's injury, so the Arsenal boss was forced to keep him on the field despite the fact that he was so tired and visibly shaken by the penalty miss in the first half.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Usmanov was asked about his view on the performance of the £42.4m record Arsenal signing.

He said: "What was my view on Mesut's display against Bayern Munich? Less than capacity, maybe he was tired."

He's played 38 games for Arsenal and Germany this season, and it looks like it is beginning to take its toll.

After an impressive start to his Gunners career in the first few months of the campaign, Ozil has failed to match those heights in recent weeks.

His form has suffered and his confidence has dropped - culminating in the penalty miss, his second in the Champions League this season, against Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening.

But the Germany star remains one of the best attacking midfielders in the world and few would bet against a sparkling return to action before the season is out.

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