Paul Scholes believes Mesut Ozil was a failure as Arsenal exited the Champions League at the hands of Monaco in midweek.
Arsene Wenger’s men travelled to France hoping to overturn a shock 3-1 home leg defeat.
They almost did that as Olivier Giroud and Aarom Ramsey both hit the net in a 2-0 win.
But that wasn’t enough for the Gunners as they bowed out of the competition on away goals.
And Scholes believes Ozil should shoulder some of the blame for Arsenal’s inefficiencies – criticising his Monaco performance and questioning his importance to the team.
Writing in his Independent column today, Scholes said:
Once again I was impressed with the midfield partnership of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, although I would have picked a different team to the one that Arsène Wenger selected.
I would have played Cazorla further up the pitch, started with Aaron Ramsey alongside Coquelin and dropped Mesut Özil.
It was another game from Özil, and another failure to make the big difference.
It was not his worst performance, and he had a role in the first goal for Olivier Giroud, but how long must Arsenal wait for him to deliver the moment that wins them a tie like that against all the odds?
He found space but his touch was not great. He tried hard but he slows Arsenal down at times. He was bought to make a difference on nights like that.
Scholes’ opinion might go against some of the Arsenal support who seemed to be impressed with Ozil’s showing on Tuesday night.