Mesut Ozil was the player called into question by manager Unai Emery at the press conference following his far from impressive display against Manchester City.Playing as a right winger cutting inside, He was responsible for a slate of misplaced passes, looked jittery in possession, and exhibited an uncharacteristic lack of assurance going forward.
Not even Ozil, the entire team looked disjointed against a far superior Manchester City. The choice of keeper was questioned post-match considering they were looking to play out from the back. The partnership of Guendouzi and Zhaka wasn’t the most ideal either. Guendouzi, being only 19, was a bright spot for Arsenal but Lucas Torreira could’ve been a much better partner to him than Zhaka.
When asked about Ozil’s defensive duties Emery failed to hold back as he said in his pre-match press conference, via the Mirror: “Every player needs to do [that] in the true moment of a match.
“There are defensive moments and attacking moments. Every player each needs this commitment. For me, we need to start together, whether we are attacking or defending. I want that from every player. The positioning, he [Ozil] is playing all his career like a ten, like a right winger going inside to receive the ball.
“It’s clear he needs the ball more to give more options in attack. He needs to do in each match, be demanding for us. Defensive moments are for each and every player. Don’t change Mesut Ozil in his positioning.”
Mesut Özil for Arsenal vs. Man City:
• Most possession lost (19)
• Most possession gained (7)
A bizarre mix. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/oFBjYLidZO
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Arsenal might have a crunch time at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea side who outplayed Huddersfield in the opening matchday. They even have to make changes in their formation to get the best out of Ozil and Mkhitaryan because they are the creators of the side. From what we saw against City, Ozil wasn’t comfortable in 4-3-3 formation and it’s true that he hasn’t been the most consistent since the past 2 seasons and contributing defensively might not be his ideal style of playing but when played in the right formation, he is one of the best number 10 in the world. Ask Jose Mourinho.