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Mesut Ozil vs England.

Arsenal fans were all saying the same thing about Mesut Ozil during England vs Germany

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We're not sure what we were expecting, but it's fair to say England's friendly with Germany won't go down as one of the great games.

Injuries forced Gareth Southgate into an experimental line-up featuring debutants Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham, with Eric Dier standing in as captain.

The Three Lions' boss will have taken plenty of positives from securing a goalless draw with the world's number one side, and he'll have one more chance to assess this current group of players in Tuesday's friendly with Brazil.

However, the reality is that this isn't going to be the England XI that heads to the World Cup in June.

Insofar as Premier League fans were making any judgments based on the 90 minutes, it was to watch their own team's representatives.

For Arsenal supporters, seeing Mesut Ozil play for Germany is usually a frustrating experience. While the playmaker's work ethic is just the same - make of that what you will - he looks so much more comfortable under Joachim Low.

Against England, he started in a deeper role at centre-mid, as opposed to his usual position of number 10 in domestic football.

That was obviously going to prompt comparisons between Low's tactics, which he's been employing for some time now, and Arsene Wenger, and Arsenal fans were all saying the same thing:

Defensively, there's no way Ozil is a natural central midfielder, though the role did suit some elements of his game.

Ozil has been underwhelming for Arsenal

The 29-year-old enjoyed a pass completion rate of 92%, so while he didn't exactly cause fireworks, he played a couple of killer passes forward.

Neither Ozil nor Alexis Sanchez have been at their best for Arsenal, not helped by their contract situations.

England v Germany - International Friendly

Both men's current deals expire at the end of the season and as they are unlikely to commit to extensions, it's almost inevitable that they'll be on the move come the summer, if not before.

Wenger is not usually one to change his mind on anything, but he may want to give some serious thought to how he can get the best out of the former Real Madrid star with the little time he has left with him.

Should Arsenal play a different system to suit Ozil? Have your say in the comments. 

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