Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has criticized Mesut Ozil, stating that he “doesn’t do enough on a daily basis” and labelled his performances as “sometimes not up to standard”.
Ozil put in another lacklustre display on Sunday, as the Gunners held Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates.
The Germany international registered his 50th assist for the club, crossing for Shkodran Mustafi to head in the second equalizer, but was accused of “bottling” a second-half opportunity, when City goalkeeper Willy Caballero beat him to the ball
“He can clearly play and last year everyone was praising him,” Henry said to Sky Sports.
“This year, he is struggling because he doesn’t do enough on a daily basis.
“When he plays in an Arsenal shirt, sometimes it is not up to the standard of Arsenal.
“I’m a big admirer of him and how he plays but if he was in my old team, I know a couple of guys would have had a go at him and maybe that is what he needs.
“In my old team, everyone talked. Sylvain Wiltord talked. Edu the same. Even Nwankwo Kanu would have said something. Jens Lehmann, he was talking all the time. We had guys at it throughout the team.”
Henry added: “When he has a good game, he is unstoppable. He is a World Cup champion, he won at Real Madrid and he won two cups with Arsenal.
“But you need to play like that all the time. It can’t be from time to time.”