On the whole, you’d be hard pressed to argue that Mesut Ozil has had anything but a brilliant start to the season.
The German scored his first professional hat-trick of his career in mid-week, dismantled Chelsea at a canter and already possesses his customary handful of assists. He’s been at the heart of Arsenal’s strong start to the campaign.
Pretty good going, right? Not, rather surprisingly, in the eyes of Stan Collymore though.
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This weekend saw a rather underwhelming performance from Arsenal as they limped to a 0-0 draw at home to newly-promoted Middlesbrough. Moreover, the visitors had by the far the better chances.
Nevertheless, Ozil nearly smuggled all three points for the Gunners when he found the net late on, only for the lineman’s flag to deny him the glory.
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Ex-talkSPORT pundit Collymore certainly wasn’t impressed. In fact, he thought the German’s performance was so nondescript that he warrants the title of being ‘overrated’.
In a bizarre rant on BBC Radio 5 live, the 45-year-old explained: “I think he’s a world class talent but does he have the personality in games like today to puff his chest out, Maradona-style, and say ‘I’m gonna win the game’, I don’t think he does.”
Jason Mohammed rebutted with the fact that Ozil is a World Cup winner, only for Collymore to reply: “He didn’t win the World Cup with Arsenal.”
The full and borderline ridiculous comments can be seen in the video below:
It’s not hard to establish that the ex-Liverpool striker isn’t a fan of Ozil despite his recent upsurge in the Premier League over the past two seasons.
After all, this rant emerged after what simply proved a bad day at the office for the ex-Real Madrid midfielder. His Middlesbrough shortcomings were far from representative of his season thus far.
Only Theo Walcott has scored more goals than the 28-year-old in an Arsenal jersey this season – an admirable record for a midfielder.
Moreover, this a man who racked up a staggering 20 assists last season and proved Cristiano Ronaldo’s supply line for three years. While Ozil’s hype may be inflated at times, it’s clear that Collymore’s criticism is rather unjust.
The German will ultimately have the last laugh though as, despite the ‘Boro slip up, Arsenal sit pretty at the top of the Premier League for a few hours at least.
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