Oh…how the mighty have fallen. From being the most expensive purchase in the club’s history, Mesut Ozil cannot get a look in at the moment due to the form of Santi Cazorla. I said at the beginning of this season that Ozil was under a lot of pressure due to the fact that Cesc Fabregas had started his Chelsea career so well, and he was only at Chelsea because Wenger had refused to bring him back.
Now Ozil needed to prove himself worthy of carrying this Arsenal team, but if there is one thing that I have always been critical about; it is his attitude. He tends to give up too easily when things are not going his way. Case in point is the game against Bayern Munich when he missed his penalty and became a peripheral figure for the rest of the game drawing ire from Mathieu Flamini.
He has also deemed it, almost as his right, that the number 10 position is automatically his and he does not have to earn it. Now Ozil finds himself about to play against the likes of Brighton instead of Manchester City, and that can be very frustrating, but if he is to start playing against the top teams he will need to prove it with the right attitude.
He is already on his way by realizing a weakness in his game and bulking up to meet the physical demands of the Premier League. By doing that he showed that he at least cares about playing and wants to regain his place in the first team.
In order to do that, he has to look at the likes of Ramsey, Rosicky and Cazorla, all midfielders who can and want to play in his position but still put in a good shift when they are played out wide. He just needs to put his head down and do the best he can anywhere he is placed on the field. With his talent, the rest will come naturally.