Jack Wilshere has voiced his confusion over Mesut Ozil’s omission from Arsenal’s Premier League squad in an interview with Sky Sports.
The German was left out of the Premier League and Europa League squad back in October with Mikel Arteta claiming it was due to footballing reasons.
In his interview, the Englishman claimed that the Germany international could feed the ball into the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Wilshere said: “I think he’d be a big player in that team. I would love to see Ozil play in that team under Arteta but obviously, that’s not happening at the moment. He could get on the ball and feed the likes of [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette.” (via Sky Sports)
Whose fault is Arsenal's struggles to score goals?
Arsenal’s struggles in the final third continued last night as they once again struggled to create many clear cut chances from open play. According to The xG Philosophy, the Gunners produced an xG of just 0.23 in the first half, meaning that from the chances created they were expected to score less than a goal.
It’s just one more game added to a portfolio of failures in a campaign which has seen them struggles in attack. As a matter of fact, their opponents have produced more attempts on goal in seven of their 10 Premier League outings so far this season.
Dominating games were Arsenal’s things under Arsene Wenger, it was the norm even though the club weren’t winning major trophies. However, it seems under the Spaniard the outfit seem to surrender the initiative and implements a more defensive measure, a ploy which is wholly against the values Wenger put in place.
Whatever your thoughts on Ozil, who was labelled an ‘unbelievable talent’, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind of the quality he possesses especially in the final third. Creating just 0.23 worth of chances in the first half of a Premier League fixture is criminal and the playmaker needs to be re-introduced back into the fold come January.