Mesut Ozil has been accused of disappearing in games against physical sides and failing to track back by former France coach Raymond Domenech.
The Germany international has been enjoying a fine season for the Gunners with seven goals already including his first senior hat-trick against Ludogorets.
Ozil played all 90 minutes against PSG on Wednesday, having a hand in his side’s equaliser with a superb reverse ball to Alexis Sanchez who was then brought down by Grzegorz Krychowiak for a penalty.
However, speaking ahead of the game Domenech criticised the former Real Madrid star and explained what he feels is lacking from his game.
“As soon as there is physicality involved, he disappears,’ Domenech said according to The Metro.
“If he has to track back, he doesn’t do it.”
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Ozil has frequently come in for criticism during his time at Arsenal for a perceived lack of impact on big games.
Arsenal have now drawn three games in a row and looked fairly timid in games against Tottenham, Manchester United and PSG.
While Ozil will take some of the criticism for their recent flat performances the absence of Santi Cazorla has perhaps been more telling.
The midfielder’s creativity and short passing is frequently the catalyst for the Gunners’ attacks – indeed Ozil has not scored in the Premier League since the Spaniard has been out.
Arsene Wenger was cautious when discussing his fitness ahead of the PSG clash but will be hopeful he can return to action as soon as possible.