Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has been labeled has sides ‘weak link’ according to the BBC Radio 5 pundit Steve Claridge.
The former Gosport Borough footballer criticised Özil following Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the third week of the Premier League.
“He is the weakest link mate, he does not do his job, he doest not do enough on the ball and he doesn’t do anything defensively,” Claridge stated on BBC 5 Live radio.
“Özil gave the ball away at least six times and never once did he react to try and get it back. That’s a dangerous precedent to set and if I’m one of his team-mates it’s quite depressing actually.”
Claridge spent his career at 22 different clubs at the likes of Harrow Borough, Weymouth and Wycombe Wanderers.
Özil also provided three accurate crosses and maintained a passing accuracy of 84.4%. The World Cup winner received a rating of 7.31 from whoscored.
The Germany international also came under fire from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville who stated that Özil does not take responsibility for his teammates.
“[Özil and Alexis Sanches] Good players, fantastic players but I don’t think Özil has ever taken responsibility for his teammates,” Neville said on Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports.
Arsenal take on Newcastle United this weekend in the forth week of the Premier League.