Mesut Ozil visited nightclub after missing Arsenal v Newcastle

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Mesut Ozil risks incurring the wrath of Arsenal supporters after being spotted visiting a Berlin nightclub hours after missing the Gunners' Premier League win over Newcastle United through illness.

The Germany international, who is back in his home country ahead of Wednesday's international friendly against Australia, visited 'The Pearl' nightclub with his marketing staff, according to Bild.

Arsenal still managed to win their fixture at St James' Park, thanks to a four-minute brace from Olivier Giroud, but the fact Ozil visited a nightclub while he was supposedly ill is likely to bemuse the club's fans.

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Ozil's performances have improved recently

Ozil has been heavily criticised for his performances since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in a £42.4 million transfer in September 2013.

However, his displays have improved in recent weeks and he deservedly picked up Arsenal's Player of the Month award for February, despite his disappointing display in the Champions League last 16 first leg against AS Monaco.

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Some fans and pundits still unconvinced by Ozil

There are Arsenal fans who remain unconvinced about Ozil's desire - rather than his quality - and this latest incident will do little to convince them that he's fully committed to the cause.

The 26-year-old has also failed to win over certain pundits, including former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, who slammed Ozil for his performance against Monaco in last week's return leg.

The retired England midfielder was particularly unimpressed with Ozil's decision to swap shirts with Geoffrey Kondogbia at half-time, despite the fact Arsenal were on course to suffer Champions League elimination.

But there were others, including the Mirror's John Cross, who feel Ozil performed well at Stade Louis II.

Fans right to take a dim view

Because Arsenal spent a club-record fee on Ozil, there is extra pressure on the player to deliver match-winning performances.

Furthermore, the exceptionally high standards he set at during his three-year spell at Real Madrid means he has often flattered to deceive since arriving in England.

In Spain, Ozil cemented his status as arguably the best playmaker on the planet, but for a combination of reasons the former Schalke and Werder Bremen star's reputation has taken a nose-dive over the past 18 months.

He has the quality to turn his situation around - and he has started to do just that in recent weeks - but it might be a case of one step forward and two steps back if Arsenal fans take a dim view of his decision to visit a nightclub on the same night he pulled out of the Gunners' squad through illness.

Arsenal fans: do you feel annoyed by Mesut Ozil's decision to visit the nightclub - or are you not really fussed? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below!

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