A cold Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium was the setting for Bayern's comfortable victory over Arsenal. While few Arsenal fans would have expected their team to overcome their opposition, many were disappointed with the team's performance. In particular, record signing Mesut Ozil, who missed a penalty and faded away as the game progressed.
A bright start
After his £42.4m pound move to Arsenal, Ozil got off to a good start with an assist on his debut and two more on his home debut. Many fans thought he could provide the missing spark that could lead Arsenal to success, with his first three months doing little to dampen expectation.
Cracks start to appear
A dry spell in December raised questions over Ozil's fitness, stamina and commitment to the club. Arsene Wenger responded by putting Ozil on an intensive fitness regime to bulk him up and prepare him for the physicality of the Premier League. Ozil then came under fire from his own team mates after the humiliating 6-3 defeat at Manchester City for failing to acknowledge the Arsenal fans. Captain Per Mertesacker was pictured shouting as Ozil walked off the pitch.
Fall from grace
Ozil came under scrutiny again after his abysmal showing in the 5-1 loss at Liverpool earlier this month. Twice he lost the ball on the halfway line and showed little desire to win it back. Both his errors led to Liverpool goals.
Against Bayern, he seemed short of confidence after his lacklustre penalty was saved. In his last 10 games, he has failed to score and provided only one assist, leavnig many Arsenal fans wondering if this is the same player coveted by Real Madrid. If Ozil's performances don't pick up, he may take the brunt of the anger if Arsenal go another season without silverware.
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