21 Aug, 20:00
Mesut Ozil is probably the most frustrating player to wear an Arsenal shirt at the moment.
He is becoming an icing-on-the-cake player someone who is happy to create the chances to win matches but will not scrap and fight for the team. Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp gave everything when they played. They were creative geniuses but were not afraid to put their foot in.
Ozil is an expensive luxury but if he is not going to work hard out of possession then he must do so when he has the ball. Why isn't he running at players with menace and asking questions of them? It's not enough just to be out there he needs to be controlling games. Ozil has not yet signed a contract so we must assume he does not want to be at the club. But if he is just trying to see out his time at Arsenal, that is going to be a long year for all involved. He must forget about himself, give his all for the fans and the club and then go gracefully.
The Stoke mess
Ozil was not the only one to blame on Saturday for the loss against Stoke. The midfield offered little protection for the defense. Granit Xhaka struggles to tackle without committing a foul and Aaron Ramsey flies forward at every opportunity leaving a hole for the opposition to run into.
The midfield would be less of an issue if the defense was more solid but Arsene Wenger picked two fullbacks Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac in his back three against Stoke. Monreal was the central player and it is clear that the role does not suit him. He is far too eager to come out of position.