Jermaine Jenas gives his honest opinion about Mesut Ozil during Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil was widely regarded as one of the best playmakers in world football prior to his move to Arsenal from Real Madrid back in 2013.

But over the past five years, the former Germany international has become accustomed to being heavily criticised by football fans and pundits alike.

Ozil has, at times, flattered to deceive for the Gunners - particularly in the big games. His work ethic has been continually called into question, especially whenever Arsenal lose.

However, there’s no denying the 29-year-old is a fabulously gifted footballer, capable of conjuring moments of magic out of nothing.

On his day, there are few better No. 10s on the planet. But his critics would argue those days haven’t occurred enough since his move to the Emirates Stadium.

Despite the intense criticism, Ozil has been repeatedly backed by Arsenal supporters, many of whom refuse to acknowledge his various shortcomings.

And they were delighted to see their star man get himself on the scoresheet away at Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.

Jenas causes a stir with opinion about Ozil

Ozil found the back of the net from just inside the penalty area, aided by some suspect goalkeeping by Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka.

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Shortly after the goal, former Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas caused a stir on social media by giving his blunt opinion about Ozil.

“For what he is within that team - and people can bring in his wages, how much he’s worth or whatever - I want him to dictate games, like David Silva does for Manchester City or what Eden Hazard does for Chelsea, I don't feel he does that. In today's game, it feels like he's got away with one a little bit.


“He’s not really produced but one has fallen to him on the edge of the box and he’s slotted it away. It adds on to the stats.

"I can't remember the last time he got hold of a game and ran the show like top, top midfielders of his position do.”

Jenas was only giving his honest assessment of Ozil - but his comments have sparked a backlash on social media…

Is Jermaine Jenas talking rubbish about Mesut Ozil - or does he actually have a point? Have your say below.

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