Mesut Ozil criticised after poor performance for Arsenal vs Southampton

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Santi Cazorla may have spared Arsenal's blushes with a late penalty against Southampton, but that won't have been enough to placate some Gunners fans after a disappointing performance at home.

Arsene Wenger's men looked far from the finished article and the Saints dominated for long spells, despite appearances from new signings Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez.

As the clock ticked away, supporters both in the stands and at home seemed to be growing edgier and edgier and probably with good reason after such an inconsistent start to the new season.


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And, as the Emirates is rarely a harmonious, happy place these days, there was one player particularly singled out for his sub-par effort.

Mesut Ozil was underwhelming throughout and failed to make any real impact on the game against a team still yet to win a game in the current campaign.

The midfielder's first touch and general ineffectiveness were hammered on social media, and to be fair, he could've picked a better day for it.

Day for the playmakers 

As Kevin de Bruyne and Dimitri Payet lit up the Premier League for Manchester City and West Ham respectively - albeit in vain in Payet's case, as the Hammers slipped to a home defeat against Watford - there were always going to be some unfavourable comparisons.

Ozil looked completely off the boil and he could've been in for an even harder time from Arsenal fans had Cazorla's late winner from a questionable penalty not secured them the three points.

Southampton had actually taken the lead through a Petr Cech own goal, but an acrobatic strike from Laurent Koscielny and Cazorla's spot-kick, but Ozil effectively played no part in the win, which many Arsenal fans were quick to point out.

Arsenal fans fuming 

Here's how Twitter laid into the playmaker.

The Germany international was linked with a move away from north London in the summer, and if he continues to look as disinterested as he did today, those rumours are only going to persist going forward.

What did you think of Arsenal's performance? Did they deserve the win? Have your say in the comments. 

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