Video – Pundit comes out in support of Mesut Ozil following substitution against Burnley

Without Ozil Arsenal has no spark claims Steve Nicol on ESPN.

Mesut Ozil has come in for criticism for his performance against Burnley yesterday, however, ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has expressed sympathy for the German playmaker.

Nicol concluded that the reason for Ozil being substituted was because the game was becoming too physical for him and once he had been benched it left the Gunners lacking in any real creative spark.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with his opinion and I am sure there will be many on both sides, it was still an insightful viewpoint.

This video comes from the official ESPN Youtube channel.

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  1. mikey says:

    2 season ago we lost our most creative midfield cazorla last season we lost our best goal scoring midfielder ramsey and we have replaced them with 2 championship level players in guendouzi and willock who is making this decisions Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are our only premier league level midfielders that we have

    1. Reggie says:

      We are in trouble if you think xhaka is a prem player, your other two accusations are thoughtless, Willock and Gouendouzi are very promising youngsters and for their age are performing great. Try and appreciate young players are growing into and learning. Dint be short sighted, we have a really talented bun h of young players, that are going to be in this team for a few years.

      1. jon fox says:

        Totally with you and against mikey, REGGIE! Any fan, like mikey, who seriously thinks Xhaaka is a premier league level midfielder is not thinking correctly. I would have Guendouzi over Xhaka everytime if I HAD MY WAY.

        1. Reggie says:

          Jon, i am really excited by our young players, for once we have a bunch of players who are young talented and can be worked with. I hope and wish that Arteta can get his message over to them and mould them. They do need the guidance of our senior players and our senior players are the ones that need to step up. Saka, Martinelli, Guendouzi, Willock and Pepe are rough diamonds, with saliba but i really like the substance that is there. Some may not make it but i haven’t been this hopeful for a while.

  2. ThirdManJW says:

    It baffles me how often we’re still discussing a player that retired 3 years ago.

  3. Sean Williams says:

    With or without Ozil we have lost our spark.

  4. Top Gunner says:

    How can Arsenal turn down the offer from Qatar club who intended to buy Ozil. They say they needed to organize replacement. Martinelli, Ceballos, and Willock play better than Ozil. Players and management are dragging Arsenal down

  5. Shakir says:

    We lost the burnley game after a tactical change in the 20-25th minute by sean dyche.He reduced the gaps between defenders and midfielders by asking the defenders to press high and asked mcneil and the LB to mark ozil.That is when we need a player to drive through lines like a bernado silve(when playing cm)or gundogan in man city.Ceballos could have done it instead of guendouzi.Guendouzi is clueless.And i wont criticize our youngsters they have great potential,they will improve and that is why i think MA plays them.

    And there was also a good suggestion on aftv channel where they do a tactical insight after every game.It was to play pepe in the no.10 and i think that could work even after ozil leave we may npt want a replacement.Pepe is a natural winger but his style and pace can make hima good playmaker.But its a gamble because pepe often loses the ball and as he is a natural winger,let him be there is my opinion.
    And there was another one which suggests to drop laca and make auba play there bringing pepe to the RW allowing ozil in the 10.If auba played there in striker role against birnley they couldnt press high because auba makes tricky runs and has super pace.

    MA knows best,these are just suggestions and i hope the winter break balances the team and make them strong on both ends.

    And we must also understand the lack of offense is due to the strong defensive side we show.Liverpool trusts van dijk and gomez and maybe fabinho to cover for them whenever they attack but we cant do it because MA dont seem very confident with our CN players.Eventually he will improve them or get his own players then we will start seeing the bright side of arsenal attack


  6. SAGooner says:

    So if my interpretation of this article is correct, then Özil should play about 6 games per season because there are maybe about 3 teams that are less physical than Arsenal. It’s win at all costs, brothers, do NOT let the opposition score. Özil will do well in Qatar or Korea or Japan, but no longer in the EPL. It’s too physical, and his reactions have slowed down too much.

    1. Admin Martin says:

      It is not really my interpretation but Steve Nicol. I am just reporting what he said. Up to others to draw whatever conclusions they see fit.

  7. Jeszy says:

    I think mesut being surrounded by opposition who know he is our most creative player why other players are less in creating chances is our problem to score goal for now. Take a look at man city if De bruyne won’t create chances there is silver, Bernardo sterling mahrez to do so.. Only Pepe in arsenal apart from mesut is also good in creating chances but opposite tends to mark him down. Mesut was effective doing the era of carzola Ramsey Sanchez which can’t be compare to the present player we gave

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