Former Manchester United and Leeds midfielder Johnny Giles says that Mesut Ozil “went missing” for Arsenal against Liverpool and is not consistent enough to be named Player of the Year.
Arsenal were held to a pulsating 3-3 draw against Liverpool at Anfield in midweek, with Ozil starting the clash before being substituted in the 87th minute.
It was only the sixth Premier League game in which Ozil has failed to provide either a goal or an assist for Arsenal this season, but former midfielder Giles is most certainly not impressed with the German.
“The player who let them down the most and is getting a lot of publicity for player of the year is Ozil,” Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“He was the one who had the talent to get hold of the ball and do what needed to be done. He needed to take the pressure off Arsenal. Ozil was actually taken off and put on the bench.
“If he is footballer of the year this year, I’m a Dutchman. When they actually needed Ozil – they really needed him at that particular time – he wasn’t there.”
Giles added: “Ozil went missing. He was taken off when he should have been the most influential player that Arsene Wenger had.”