Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is ineffective in the big games – analysis

Mesut Ozil was poor in Arsenal's thrashing at Anfield. Photo: PA

Arsenal's humiliating 5-1 thumping by Liverpool at the weekend raised questions about the performances of Mesut Ozil. The £42.5 million summer signing from Real Madrid looked lacklustre and lazy, as well as being at fault for two of Liverpool's goals.

Ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Wednesday, we have analysed how the German has fared against the Premier League's big teams so far this season.

ARSENAL 2-0 LIVERPOOL (2nd Nov 2013)

Perhaps Ozil's only performance of note against one of the Premier League's top teams was Liverpool's visit to the Emirates back in November. Ozil notched an assist for Aaron Ramsey's goal that sealed a 2-0 win for the Gunners.

MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 ARSENAL (10th Nov 2013)

Prior to the clash at Old Trafford, Ozil announced that Arsenal would travel to Manchester to 'have fun'. He was left to eat his words as Robin Van Persie haunted his old team yet again, his first half goal was enough to give United all three points. Ozil, in short, was ineffective and largely overshadowed by Wayne Rooney.

The German international has struggled against the top sides. Credit: PA

MANCHESTER CITY 6-3 ARSENAL (14th Dec 2013)

The German international bagged an assist in this nine goal thriller at the Etihad. However, Ozil infuriated captain Per Mertesacker by failing to applaud the travelling Arsenal supporters, which led to an on field scrap.

Mertesacker was angered that Ozil ignored the travelling supporters. Credit: PA

ARSENAL 0-0 CHELSEA (23rd Dec 2013)

In a game of little action, Ozil's only real notable contribution to this bore draw was a dispute with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. The pair squared up to each other during the second half and had to be separated by team-mates.

Ozil and Ivanovic clashed in December. Credit: PA

LIVERPOOL 5-1 ARSENAL (8th Feb 2014)

Probably Ozil's worst performance yet in an Arsenal shirt. He was guilty of squandering possession twice, each of which led to goals, as Liverpool scored four times in the opening twenty minutes. The Gunners eventually lost 5-1 and Ozil was substituted after an hour.

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