Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their team register their first win of the Premier League season at the weekend.
Unai Emery’s men went into their encounter with London rivals West Ham having lost to Manchester City and Chelsea in their opening two league games, leaving them pointless ahead of the visit of Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers, who themselves had also tasted defeat in their first two league matches. And despite falling behind to Marko Arnautovic’s opener, the Gunners did indeed get their first win of the Emery era as goals from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck, either side of an Issa Diop own goal, sealed a 3-1 success for the North London giants.
As such, there have been many delighted Arsenal fans up and down the country in recent times, although some have taken to Twitter to criticise the efforts of attacker Mesut Ozil, with some hugely unconvinced by the former Germany international’s capabilities.
And given the £350,000-a-week ace (as per Spotrac) often goes missing in the big games and indeed when their club needs him most, those supporters are absolutely right to express their displeasure with the 29-year-old.
Ultimately, the German star made the move to the Emirates Stadium back in 2013 amid much anticipation and excitement after excelling at Spanish giants Real Madrid, and his numbers since moving to Arsenal are pretty good given he has scored 37 goals and laid on 71 assists in 198 appearances for the club.
In fact, there aren’t many others that can boast such good assist numbers during Ozil’s time in the Premier League to suggest that he is indeed proving to be influential and important for the Gunners going forward, but too often the 29-year-old doesn’t produce the goods on the big stage. And for £350,000 a week, Arsenal fans would want, and indeed expect, him to perform on those occasions.
In the Premier League for instance, Ozil has never scored against Manchester City in eight matches against the 2018 champions, while he has only managed one goal in nine games against 2017 winners Chelsea.
And while his numbers are slightly better against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, against whom he has netted twice, Gunners supporters would no doubt expect more from one of the club’s most prized assets, and now their highest paid player – he simply doesn’t do enough when Arsenal need him most.
Add in the fact that some fans lament his desire to track back and overall laziness when on the pitch, and it’s easy to see why supporters are growing increasingly agitated with the 29-year-old – they want more from their star man.
And having failed to produce the goods so far this term, which includes matches against City and Chelsea, Arsenal fans are absolutely right to be annoyed with the ex-Germany international.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!