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Steven Gerrard ruins Mesut Ozil for his performance in Stoke defeat

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Arsenal fans had hoped the club would at least last until 2018 before their vulnerabilities really came to the fore.

But just two games in and the #WengerOut tweets are already gaining traction and ArsenalFanTV’s hits are going through the roof.

The Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City this afternoon in what was an all-too familiar nightmare for the club’s supporters.

Fail to impose themselves on an opposition they should be beating. Concede a goal. Push desperately in search of a winner that doesn’t arrive.

Rinse and repeat.

The return of Alexis Sanchez can’t come soon enough for an Arsenal sign that Steven Gerrard said was “too easy to play against” in his post-match assessment.

Stoke City v Arsenal - Premier League

Gerrard: They're passive out of possession

“To be a top, top side, you have to compete outside of possession, you have to be horrible to play against, Arsenal are too easy to play against,” Gerrard told BT Sport.

“I thought the performance was typical Arsenal. Fantastic in possession and, yes, they created a lot of chances and on another day they could’ve scored a lot of goals.

“But just passive out of possession, not enough people who want to put their body on the line."

Gerrard's criticism of Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil, who produced a rather lacklustre performance, was on the end of some scathing comments from Gerrard, who called the German a “liability”.

“We’ve all seen him [Ozil] on his day and he’s a world class talent in possession, although he was poor in that respect today,” Gerrard continued.

“I just worry about his body language and his reaction when the ball is turned over. He offers his teammates nothing away from defensively and away from home he’s a liability.

Watch: Gerrard slams Ozil

Gerrard pointed out Ozil's involvement in Stoke's goal

“Both his and Xhaka’s reaction in the build-up to the goal is weak. Ozil gives up and quits, he doesn’t track the run,” he added.

Watch: Ozil's involvement in Stoke's goal

Twitter reacts to Gerrard's comments

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown agreed with Gerrard.

“Arsenal can’t afford to carry him away from home,” Keown said.

“You can tell he’s going through the motions and he needs to take a long hard look at himself.”

This is Ozil’s fifth season in the Premier League and, though it’s hard to ask the German to change his attitude, the slumped shoulders and shaking of the head really isn’t a good look.

It’s tough to see the 28-year-old signing a contract extension at the Emirates.


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