When I say this I don’t say it lightly but Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is the most overrated player in the Premier League.
Every week I get Arsenal fans bigging him up to me, telling me how good he is and that he’s world class but he’s not. If you want to talk about world class, lets look at someone like Luis Suarez for example, he’s the standard and Ozil can’t be mentioned in the same breath as the former Liverpool man.
Last week were were forced to bow to the midfielder because he scored a wonder goal against a bunch of Bulgarian farmers to complete an Arsenal come back but:
- Why were Arsenal losing 2-0 in the first place?
- Who on earth are Ludogorets that we should be getting so excited?
I point to George Best’s goal in the NASL back in the 1980s. It was a sensational goal but it was for the San Jose Earthquakes against the Fort Lauderdale Quakers (heard of them before? Me neither!). Had he scored it for United at Anfield, something he was more than capable of, then it would be remembered more fondly.
Even worse after such a ‘great’ performance mid week, you would have expected him to then put a Spurs side without a win in 6 games to the sword right? Wrong! Again he went missing when Arsenal needed him most.
Aside from not being world class, he isn’t even the best player at his club right now as Sanchez is proving more important and I wouldn’t have him anywhere near Chelsea. I was asked who I would take between him and Dele Alli prior to the North London derby, give me Alli all day. At least he has a backbone and heart for the fight.
I look at the Premier League and there are a number of players I’d have ahead of him. Riyad Mahrez showed last season he is more effective than the German, Kevin De Bruyne is leagues ahead of him too. Kante was the best midfielder in the country last season, Coutinho is another player that I’d have ahead of him and whilst we’re on Liverpool another player I’d have ahead of him is Jordan Henderson because whilst he isn’t as technically gifted as the rest here, he stands up to be counted when Liverpool need him unlike Ozil. Even Jamie Vardy was nominated for the Ballon d’Or and Dimitri Payet also got a nod too as Ozil was overlooked.
Ozil is like a taller Juan Mata, incapable of physically imposing himself on a game and can be muscled out of the action.
Arsenal fans constantly talk about his assists and last season there was such a furore about how he was going to break the Premier League assist record, needing just 3 in the final 11 games to do it, then he decided to go on holiday whilst his team were scrapping for a first Premier League title since 2004 and in the end fell short of Thierry Henry’s record of 20 by 1.
Embarrassingly I saw a number of Arsenal fans attempting to claim an assist for him on Wimmer’s own goal on Sunday. It’s become a very Arsenal thing to go on and on about stats to mask other failings, but the most important stat of all is for the £42.5m spent to bring him to the Emirates, there are only 2 FA Cups to show for it and if they are so keen on assists, then they may want to take note that both Nemanja Matic and Wayne Rooney have more assist in the league this season!
For me Ozil epitomises Arsenal, the two were made for each other. He’s pretty on the eye but when the bullets start flying he is nowhere to be seen. He’s the kind of person that rocks up to a party when the cake is being cut and blows out the candles but isn’t there to help set up or to help clean up after either.