Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has claimed that Mesut Ozil didn’t show the passion of football during his side’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
Ozil captained the Gunners as the North London side travelled to Selhurst Park but the German was replaced by Danny Welbeck in 68 minutes.
The 30-year-old has been an outstanding player during the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Leicester last Monday.
But the former Real Madrid ace was not able to retain the same performance in the Sunday’s London derby.
“I still think they’re much the same of what we’ve seen over the last few years, I think typified by Ozil,” Sky Sports pundit Souness said of Arsenal.
“To be fair, Ozil showed a great deal of passion when he was subbed today, that’s the most I’ve ever seen him show in a game of football.”
“There’s no good showing petulance like that, you’re the captain.”
“When you’re on the pitch, show courage to get on the ball when you’re not dominating, show real passion.”
“Maybe you’re not built for it, but certainly make an attempt.”
“Make a few challenges, win the ball back for your team – he doesn’t do that.”
“I’m sorry to harp on about him but a man with that much talent should influence games like that.”
Arsenal will be back into action on Wednesday’s night as Unai Emery side will host League One side Blackpool in their Carabao Cup tie.