Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ‘isolated and trapped’ in wide positions, says ex-Red
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Arsenal should avoid starting Mesut Özil in wide positions
Danny Murphy believes Mesut Ozil becomes “isolated and trapped” when Arsene Wenger deploys his club-record signing on the wing.
The Germany international thrived in a central role on Saturday as he scored his first Premier League goal of the season to break the deadlock at Villa Park.
The 25-year-old £42.5m signing turned provider minutes later as he teed up new Arsenal arrival Danny Welbeck for his first Gunners goal in the 34th minute.
And former Liverpool midfielder Murphy feels the World Cup winner is wasted when Wenger starts Ozil in wide positions.
“[Ozil] came to Arsenal with one of the best assist records in Europe,” Murphy told BBC Sport.
“The problem is, when he is wide, he expends so much energy he hasn’t got the legs to go forward.
“What Ozil did against Villa, he ended up in the wide positions because he saw the space. When he starts wide, he gets isolated and trapped.
“He thrives on confidence. The flexibility and variation is crucial for Arsenal to be successful.”
Ozil has scored six goals in 30 Premier League appearances following his big-money move from Real Madrid last summer.