Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Carragher claims Ozil has "failed" in big games for Arsenal this season


Jamie Carragher has claimed Mesut Ozil has failed to live up to his world class status in some of Arsenal's biggest games this season.

The former Liverpool defender told viewers of Sky Sport's Monday Night Football programme he thought the German international had "failed at times this season" against the Gunners' biggest rivals.

In seven Premier League games which Ozil has been involved against Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea this season, Arsene Wenger's side has recorded one win, three draws and three defeats with their £42million signing starting the match.

It is a record which Carragher feels Ozil has to change in his second season if he's to become recognised as one of the best players in the league.

Carragher said:
"He's got to get more goals into his game. A player in that position I think they've got to contribute more. 
"Hopefully next year he'll be getting into double figures and then you would say he's had a good season. 
"Any player who's on the ball and likes to thread balls through wants someone with pace to run on to them. Giroud's not that type, Cazorla's not that type, Rosicky's not that type, so you're thinking if Walcott got a full season - a striker up there with pace - you'd expect him to get more assists. 
"But he always contributes on the assists side of it.  
"I just think he's got to score more goals and also produce in big games. 
"It's ok getting goals against Newcastle or assists and looking good in a three or four nil home wins. 
"I've seen him in some big games this season. For the price Arsenal have paid for him - he's an international, he's come from Real Madrid - I think in those big games you judge top players and I think he's failed at times this season."
Ozil scored one and created another in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Newcastle last night.

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