The 25 year old has started the season slowly after disappointing for most of last season and has been criticised by fans again after another poor display. The midfielder failed to produce in a big game again at home to Man City as the Gunners fought for a 2-2 draw with the Premier League champions.
However, the former midfielder also stated that he is unsure how much time he can be given, especially given the competition behind Ozil.
Speaking to Talk Sport, he said:
He’s not been top class at the moment, but you’ve got to give him a bit of time.
I’m not sure how much time you give him though. Certainly he’s got a lot of competition behind him, people like [Santi] Cazorla, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and [Mikel] Arteta – lots of midfielders.
I just hope he can find that bit of form, get that goal and confidence, and get back to the player he was. It is tough though when people come to a different league and don’t settle quick.
It has been a year to the day since he made his Arsenal debut, but Ozil still continues to frustrate more than he delights. The German had his moments against City, providing Danny Welbeck with a smart early chance and moving the ball in a characteristically intelligent fashion on other occasions, but he failed to drive his side in the same fashion that Wilshere, Ramsey and Sanchez all took turns in doing.
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He has found himself positioned out wide this season which does not utilise his talents at all, his most effective position is just behind the striker where he played last season. He may not like being asked to operate from wider areas, where his difficulty with his defensive assignments are also more closely scrutinised, but it is a role he should have adapted to better by now.
It’s too soon to brand him a flop, but it is surely getting to the point when his poor form is more than simply a blip. The World Cup winner has the ability to take Arsenal to a higher level than any other player and it is time for the German to step up or he could find himself on the sidelines in the coming weeks.
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