After Arsenal's not too much of a shock defeat to Bayern Munich I begin to wonder whether Mesut Ozil is being overplayed by Arsene Wenger. Should he be rested for a while?
Like what happened to Vermaelen and Szczesny last season; their performances were bad, mentally they were in the wrong place, so Wenger dropped them for a while. Should he adopt this action yet again, or should he carry on putting trust in Ozil?
On Wednesday, the German international made a stunning start along with the Gunners, who very nearly put one past Manuel Neuer in the first 15 minutes.
Then, instead of smashing his penalty - which he earned himself - with full power or sending a precise shot into the corner, he tamely passed it at Neuer's right glove. Like against Marseille, Ozil proved again that he cannot take penalties. He's German too, that's the real surprise!
Also, as of late, for example against Liverpool when the North London side lost 5-1, fans weren't happy to see a nonchalant performance from the No. 11, even when they were losing 5-1. He's struggled to make an impact on matches, his assists and goals haven't been coming in, so obviously heads will turn.
Many people are beginning to wonder this question; 'Is he a flop?'
I'm going to go out on a limb, and state that no, he's not a flop by any means. Given the way he started, and the fact he didn't get a winter break, what do you expect from someone who's adapting to the Premier League? Mentally he's not going to be fit, neither physically.
I say Wenger's partially to blame. Although at the same time, I also maintain that he's a world class player who needs game time too, but I think a week will do him good.
After Ozil's penalty miss, Wenger stated: “I had examples before with people like Dennis Bergkamp, who missed an important penalty in 1999 and refused afterwards to take any more."
This is true, and look what happened to Bergkamp? A player who now has a statue at the Emirates. Wenger also hopes that 'Ozil has his statue too' in many years.
So, what do you all think, does Ozil need a rest? Is he just having a bad patch? Or is he a 'flop'?
It looks like the German is going to be rested for the game against Sunderland today, which in my opinion is the right decision.
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