Former Manchester United and Leeds United midfielder Johnny Giles has slammed Arsenal star Mesut Özil for a lack of ‘effort.’
Özil featured in Arsenal’s surprise 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Greek champions Olympiacos.
“You can see him on the edge of the box, he’s marking the player, let’s him go. Watch this effort to block the shot. He couldn’t get further away if he tried,” Giles was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
Özil was unable to provide an assist or goal. The World Cup winner has yet to setup up a goal or get on the scoresheet in the Champions League this season.
Olympiakos strategic advisor and BT Sport pundit Christian Karembeu also criticised Özil’s performance in the 3-2 loss against the Greek giants at the Emirates.
“I am so sorry for Özil he was missing, he did not do anything,” Karembeu said on BT Sport after the Arsenal v Olmypiakos game.
Karembeu did however, underline that Özil is a great player and that he admired him at Real Madrid.
“I know him from Real Madrid he was a key player there but he could not help the team today or deliver some key passes,” he added.