Arsenal fans have been left baffled by Graeme Souness’ comments about Mesut Ozil following Monday’s win against Leicester City.
The German star produced one of his best performances in a Gunners shirt as they came from behind to see off the Foxes at the Emirates.
Ozil cancelled out Hector Bellerin’s own goal before playing a hand in both of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s efforts.
However, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness took a swipe at the Arsenal ace during his analysis on Monday Night Football.
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He said: “He does polarise opinion, when Arsenal are not dominating games and not on the front foot he’s absent.
“The big players on the big money that come for big transfer fees, with the utmost respect to Leicester , these are not the games you want to be judging them on, it’s when they play in the Champions League later stages or the games against rivals for Champions League spots and the Premier League and the title, the big games that really matter, where the big players are generally the ones that make the difference to win you those games and I don’t think in his career that he’s done that enough times.
“You can get carried away with this tonight, and we’re talking about it and we should say nice things because his football was excellent, he’s got a football brain that few people have and a technique that few people have, but he does go missing in games where Arsenal do not dominate the ball and the big games I would question if he’s turned up.
“It can work one of two ways if you’re given the captaincy: you can rise to the occasion or it can be a burden for you.
“He rose to it, he relished it, and I want to say nice things about him because he’s a fabulous player, but I want him to do it in the big games, I want him to turn up and be the difference when they play Man United, or Liverpool , or Man City, or Tottenham , that’s when I want to see Ozil, because you know he’s got that ability.”
However, Gunners fans were left baffled by his comments.