Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has received another 2/10 rating and, this time, even been accused of “nicking a living” following his disappointing performance in the Champions League last 16 second leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old has been heavily criticised after producing another anonymous display against the reigning European champions, who advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals at the Gunners’ expense after sealing a 3-1 aggregate victory over the two legs. The Germany international was hauled off at half-time, although Arsenal confirmed that it was a hamstring problem, rather than his poor first-half performance, which led to his substitution.
Ozil now faces “at least a few weeks” out on the sidelines, but high-profile publications across Europe have not held back in their criticism of the former Real Madrid star. L’Equipe labelled the attacking midfielder as “invisible” and added that he “made no effort defensively” before slapping him with his second 2/10 rating in as many Champions League matches.
Meanwhile, the Mail Online went one step further, claiming that the £42.5m German was worth next to nothing - and even accused him of “nicking a living”.
Ozil attracted a similar fierce backlash following his dismal performance in last month’s first leg, in which he missed an early penalty before spending the next 85 minutes chasing shadows. Wenger subsequently dropped the playmaker for one match, but the player appeared to have made a full mental recovery from that set back after scoring his first goal since December against Everton at the weekend.
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