Arsenal legend criticises Mesut Ozil ahead of Man City clash: He wasn’t at the races

Martin Keown was disappointed with Mesut Ozil's performance in Arsenal's 2-1 loss at Everton on Tuesday night

Martin Keown has spoken of his surprise at Mesut Ozil’s muted performance in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Everton mid-week ahead of their trip to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners appeared to be easing towards another Premier League win after Alexis Sanchez’s deflected free-kick broke the deadlock at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.

However, Everton were level before half-time against the run of play after Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman guided a close-range header past Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.

And Wales defender Ashley Williams netted a dramatic winner in the closing moments of the Premier League clash to seal three points for the hosts and bring to an end Arsenal’s 14-game unbeaten run.

Former Gunners defender Keown was particularly disappointed with Ozil’s quiet performance at Goodison Park despite the Germany international’s good form in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.

“It was a game Arsenal could have won quite comfortably,” Keown told The Daily Mail.

“I thought Mesut Ozil was strangely not at the races against Everton. We have got used to watching him at his brilliant best this season but he was far too casual in his play at Goodison Park.

“He didn’t have that ruthlessness in his finish and his passing was off. I don’t think he has been affected by any of the talks over a new contract — maybe the game just came a little too soon for him.”

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World Cup winner Ozil has scored five goals and has made two assists in 15 Premier League appearances in the current campaign.

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