Paul Scholes takes another swipe at Mesut Ozil after Champions League exit

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Paul Scholes has looked to continue the ongoing war of words between himself and Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, by claiming that the player is too slow at times.

The former Manchester United man first singled the German out for criticism when he hit out at the fact that Ozil had swapped shirts with Geoffrey Kondogbia at half-time during the second-leg of Arsenal’s Champions League tie with AS Monaco.

Scholes vs Ozil

The playmaker himself then chose to respond, suggesting that people should concentrate on the result rather than his actions. However Scholes has now ramped things up to the next level, implying that Ozil is too slow for Arsenal’s game, and that his presence may sometimes be detrimental.

"It was another game from Ozil, and another failure to make the big difference," he said, according to The Independent.

"It was not his worst performance, and he had a role in the first goal for Olivier Giroud, but how long must Arsenal wait for him to deliver the moment that wins them a tie like that against all the odds?

"He found space but his touch was not great. He tried hard but he slows Arsenal down at times. He was bought to make a difference on nights like that."

Ozil at Arsenal

Despite excelling during the FA Cup victory over Manchester United Ozil has gone missing far too often since arriving from Real Madrid, and fans most certainly would have been expecting him to make more of an impact. Yet despite that he remains arguably the best passer in the world on his day, and Arsene Wenger knew exactly what he was getting when he spent the money to purchase him.

Whether or not he slows Arsenal down is beside the point so long as he dictates the tempo and provides the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck with the chance to score goals. He may not have been effective enough in that role to date, but Wenger must persist with him in the hope that he becomes the player who so often tore teams apart in La Liga.

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