Paul Scholes blasts Ozil as being a failure following Arsenal Champions League exit [divider]
In what is starting to become a regular occurrence Scholes has once again criticised Özil.
Scholes criticised Özil’s performance against Monaco in the Champions League Last 16 second-leg and admitted he would have dropped the 26-year-old had he been in charge.
“I would have played Cazorla further up the pitch, started with Aaron Ramsey alongside Coquelin and dropped Mesut Özil,” Scholes was quoted as saying in the Express.
“It was another game from Özil, and another failure to make the big difference.”
Scholes did however, admit that Özil played a role in the build up to Arsenal’s second goal but underlined that in his opinion the World Cup winner does not do enough.
“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 added.
In total contrast former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas was full of praise for Mesut Özil following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Monaco in the Champions League Last 16 second-leg game.
“I’m very critical of a lot of the players a lot of the time because I think it’s justified but tonight I thought Mesut Ozil was magnificent. The best I’ve seen him,” Nicholas said speaking on Sky Sports.
Özil made two tackles against Monaco, completed 101 passes at an 84 percent accuracy and six successful dribbles – the highest for his team.
The World Cup winner was awarded a 7.81 rating from Whoscored for his performance.
Özil was voted February Arsenal Vitality Player of the Month and has provided the highest number of assists for his side since his return from injury.