Ian Wright: This is Mesut Ozil’s biggest problem at Arsenal
Ian Wright says Mesut Ozil doesn't look good unless his Arsenal team-mates are finishing the chances that the German creates
Ian Wright believes Mesut Ozil is reliant on his Arsenal team-mates to make him look good.
The Germany international has made a solid start to the 2016-17 Premier League season after a return of three goals and one assist in 12 games.
However, Ozil has been criticised in recent weeks for muted performances in stalemates with title rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The former Real Madrid midfielder finished as the Premier League’s top assist-maker last season after creating 19 goals for his Arsenal team-mates.
Former Gunners striker Wright believes Ozil’s biggest problem is that he requires his Arsenal colleagues to finish the chances that he creates to make the club’s record signing look good.
“Mesut Ozil has got the best assists in all three of those leagues. He is a creator,” Wright told BBC Radio Five Live’s 606 show.
“I’ve been watching him closely as well. When it isn’t happening for the guys in front of him, it does make him look bad. I’m not making excuses for him. When you look at the amount of assists that he has, it can’t be simply down to him.
“He has the best assists in three different leagues. When he gets the ball and he has players making runs, he creates chances.”
Ozil moved to Arsenal in a club-record £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.
The Gunners midfielder has scored four times and has made two assists in five Champions League fixtures this term.
Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points behind leaders Chelsea.