If it was the Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil coming out and having a go at the Arsenal forwards then I could understand it. After all our assist king must feel as though he is banging his head against a brick wall. He should already have broken the Premier League assist record of the great Thierry Henry but unless Alexis Sanchez and co start shooting straight he might not get the three more he needs in the next eight games.
Ozil still leads the EPL assist table with 18 but compared to how far ahead he is with chances created and key passes he could have double that. Anyway, it was not Ozil who spoke about misfiring Gunners strikers after a host of chances came and went against Watford in the FA cup, it was Per Mertesacker.
In an Arsenal.com report the German centre back spoke about the need for the forwards to relax more when they get into goal scoring positions as the missing of these chances is really hurting Arsenal and has been doing for the last few months.
The BFG said, ““You have to give us credit because we kept going against Watford and created chance after chance. But at the moment we lack that killer instinct. We need to work on that if we want to be successful in the Premier League and the Champions League.
“We were not relaxed against Watford. Even in the box we played and always found good positions, with the man in the right position but we lacked that relaxation even to hit the target. We did not do that sometimes. We missed it too often.”
All well and good but how can Mertesacker criticise the forward players after his defensive lapse played a huge part in us going out of the cup and that mistake was not his first by any means. Don’t you think it is a bit much for him to be having a go after having a nightmare himself?