Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been lambasted by the German press for his poor performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night. Bild awarded him the lowest score possible and even accused the World Cup winner of stealing a living.
No player received a lower rating than Ozil, who was handed a ‘6’, from the German publication.
Bild’s ratings have ‘6’ as the lowest and ‘1’ as the highest - and Ozil was the only player to suffer the humiliation of being awarded with a ‘6’.
To rub more salt into Ozil’s wounds, Bild stated that the attacking midfielder ‘didn’t earn his money’.
Arsenal outplayed in Dortmund
Five Arsenal players were handed a ‘5’ rating, including Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez. Three Dortmund players - Ciro Immobile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kevin Grosskreutz - were all awarded the top score of ‘1’ for their superb displays at Signal Iduna Park.
Jurgen Klopp’s side comprehensively took Arsenal apart on their home ground and could have humiliated their opponents had they been more accurate with their shooting.
The hosts had 23 shots compared to Arsenal’s total of 5 - only one of those was on target - even though the Gunners ended the night with more possession.
Ozil's struggle continues
Once again, though, one of the most concerning things from the performance - from an Arsenal fan’s perspective - must have been the ineffective display from Ozil, who has failed to live up to his £42.4 million price tag since joining the Gunners from Real Madrid last September.
The general consensus is that Ozil is struggling because Wenger is playing him out of position, out on the left wing.
However, does this explain his poor body language and overall lack of effort? Another German publication, Die Welt, certainly aren’t convinced.
They compare and contrast the differences in body language between Ozil and Lukas Podolski, who was not brought on until the 76th minute but looked eager to impress and keen to make an impact.
Ozil has been strongly criticised before
This is not the first time that Ozil, a player once widely regarded as being the world’s best playmaker, has been heavily criticised for a Champions League performance.
Back in March, Ozil was rated 2/10 for his display against Bayern Munich and also accused of “nicking a living” on that occasion, too.
Wenger will now be under increasing pressure to change Ozil’s position in an effort to help the German get his Arsenal career back on track.
But is Ozil now beyond rescuing? Have your say in the comments section below.