Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career, it’s fair to say, has featured more lows than highs.
So much was expected of the German playmaker following his £42.5 million move from Real Madrid back in September 2013 and although he’s shown glimpses of his world-class ability, overall he’s been underwhelming - especially in the big matches.
Ozil once again finds himself under the spotlight following his role in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat away at Watford on Saturday evening.
The Gunners were 1-0 up with 30 minutes left to play when Arsene Wenger sent Ozil on in place of Danny Welbeck.
Ten minutes later and Watford equalised through Troy Deeney. Twenty minutes after that, in stoppage time, Tom Cleverley scored the winner.
Was Ozil at fault for Watford's winner?
It would be harsh - and wrong - to pin the blame for Arsenal’s capitulation squarely on Ozil’s shoulders.
However, Arsenal fans are right to question the World Cup winners’ commitment following his role in Watford’s winning goal.
Granit Xhaka has received most of the blame for the goal that saw Arsenal leave Vicarage Road empty-handed; however, rewind a little further and Ozil’s role becomes clear.
The ball looped up in the air and Ozil, rather than looking at clearing the danger, appeared to be more concerned by the prospect of Miguel Britos clattering him from behind.
Ozil’s first touch was, as a result, uncharacteristically poor, resulting in a turnaround in possession. Thirty seconds later and the ball was in the back of the net.
Had the 29-year-old showed a little bravery and been prepared to take a whack, Arsenal would have won a free-kick that might - might - have helped them to secure a point.
Video: Ozil's role in Watford's winning goal
Footage of the incident is currently doing the rounds on social media and Arsenal fans are, understandably, unhappy.
You can watch it here…
Arsenal fans left questioning Ozil's commitment
And here’s what Arsenal fans have been tweeting…
Martin Keown: Ozil will surely be gone in January
Like an increasing number of Arsenal supporters, former Gunner Martin Keown has questioned Ozil’s commitment after Saturday’s match.
“He's just missed an opportunity to win the game for Arsenal,” Keown said, referring to an earlier chance Ozil had missed, “and everything that happens afterwards wouldn't have happened. I don't know if he cares enough or not but he's certainly not ruthless enough.
“There's only one outcome isn't there? When it comes to January surely Ozil will be gone.”
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