Ray Parlour: Why Mesut Ozil goes missing for Arsenal
The Arsenal legend attempts to explain Mesut Ozil's subdued performances
Ray Parlour has attempted to explain the reason behind Mesut Ozil’s subdued performances in Arsenal’s big Premier League games.
The Germany international was heavily criticised for his subdued performances in the north London side’s successive 2-1 losses to Everton and Manchester City on the road before Christmas Day.
However, Arsenal returned to winning ways on Boxing Day after the World Cup winner teed up Olivier Giroud for a winner in the 86th minute at the Emirates Stadium.
Ozil has scored five goals and has made three assists in 17 Premier League appearances in the current campaign to help Arsene Wenger’s side secure a spot in the top four.
Former Arsenal midfielder Parlour believes Ozil does tend to struggle in games where the Gunners are unable to dominate possession.
“Obviously the talk is that in big games he goes missing. The problem is, you need possession of the ball to get him on the ball. He isn’t the type of player who is going to track back,” Parlour told Sky Sports News HQ.
“You’ve got to get players to do that for him.
“Against Manchester City, they had more of the possession and that’s why Arsenal couldn’t get him on the ball enough.”
Arsenal signed Ozil in a £42.5m deal from La Liga outfit Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.
The German midfielder has won back-to-back FA Cups since his move to the north London outfit.