Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer slammed Arsenal’s performance at Old Trafford and singled out Mesut Ozil in his criticism of the team claiming he just ‘wasn’t up for it’.
Arsenal failed to impress against Jose Mourinho’s side and found themselves chasing Manchester United for the entire course of the match. It took a late equaliser from Olivier Giroud, their only shot on target for the entire evening, that gave the Gunners a valuable but perhaps undeserved point to take home.
Despite commendable form so far this season, Arsenal’s performance was below par and Ozil was mostly missing which did not sit right with Shearer.
“I didn’t think they played well at all, they were very poor for the vast majority of the game,” said Shearer on BBC’s Match of the Day.
“They looked very leggy, very tired, very sloppy.
“Even this guy, Ozil, who has been brilliant for all the season looked really tried, wasn’t up for it today and it was mistake after mistake.”
The visitors almost gave away a penalty in the first half when Nacho Monreal brought Antonio Valencia down in the box but were lucky enough to escape a costly decision.
However, United finally earned an edge in the second half when Juan Mata unmarked, powered a shot past Cech to give the home side a deserved lead.
Wenger’s side was on the verge of losing when a crisp cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set up Giroud to power home the equalizer. Considering the circumstances a draw felt like a point gained rather than two dropped, however the sub-par performance from many of Arsenal’s stars was very worrying.
Ozil was particularly culpable considering he was offered a rest during the international break, but to be fair he was offered little to work as Alexis often sat very deep for a central striker and United’s tight defence and compact midfield offered little space in behind.
The Gunners have now slipped to fourth place as they once again failed to secure a win against Mourinho for Arsene Wenger, but must now turn their attention to the Champions League as they prepare to face Paris Saint-Germain in the midweek. Ozil needs to turn up for this fixture.