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Mesut Ozil labelled pathetic by Harry Redknapp

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Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has labelled Arsenal star Mesut Ozil 'pathetic' after the German international made a 'half-hearted' attempt to close down the ball down as the Gunners conceded the opening goal to Greek outfit Olympiacos on Tuesday. 

Arsene Wenger's side succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at the Emirates, leaving themselves with a mountain to climb in their pursuit of the Champions League knockout rounds.

The north London outfit have suffered back-to-back defeats in Group F and now face the daunting task of a doubleheader against German champions Bayern Munich. 

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A number of Arsenal's key men endured a torrid evening in their latest European outing and Ozil was certainly no exception. 

Redknapp didn't hold back when criticising the German international, claiming it doesn't matter whether 'you cost £4 million or £42m'.

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Ozil criticism

Writing in his column for the London Evening Standard, the ex-Spurs man stated: "Watch Mesut Ozil coming out to try to get a block on the first goal. It was pathetic. The ball comes out to the edge of the box and he makes the most half-hearted effort to close it down.

"If someone is going to shoot from the edge of the box, you want your midfielders or defenders to throw themselves at it to do everything for the team, whether you cost £4million of £42m."

Bouncing back

There's no doubt about it, this weekend's fixture with Manchester United is the perfect opportunity for Ozil to prove his credentials. With Arsenal currently trailing the league leaders by three points, Wenger's side will be determined to secure the win. 

It's certainly a chance for Ozil to shine. United are by no means the finished article and still appear to be vulnerable away from home, so there's no reason why the German international won't be able to have a major impact on proceedings.

After Tuesday's performance, the club's faithful will settle for nothing less than a victory against their rivals on Sunday. Ozil and Co. must step up. 

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