DOC'S PRESCRIPTION: Disappearing Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil is a bit like the club he plays for in that he can be very good, but when it comes to the crunch he usually is missing in action.
We also need to keep in mind that he is the ‘Gunners’ record signing and it’s different to see how any ‘Gooner’ would think they have had value for money.
He can be a game changer but only of Arsenal are dominating the game in question.
I have watched a few of his performances recently and have been totally frustrated by his non-appearance when most needed by his team.
The ex-Real Madrid star has made close to 100 appearances for Arsenal since his £43 million transfer in 2013 and you could count on the fingers of one hand how many games he has starred in.
His 18 goals during that period don’t mark him out as a top goalscorer but even his passing game - supposedly his forte - sees him ranked 40th in the Premiership stat tables.
His admirers tell us he is ‘king of the assists’ but again the stat tables don’t lie and he is well down the list.
Let’s not even go there when it comes to work rate, tackling or tracking back and so we are left to wonder just exactly what it is that Ozil contributes to the team overall.
One thing in Ozil’s favour is that he has a huge following on social media and nowadays that seems almost as important as being able to play so the German international is probably here to stay for some time.