Michael Ballack Says Mesut Ozil Has Become Lost Since His Move to Arsenal
Michael Ballack has shared his thoughts on Mesut Ozil and says his fellow countryman's form at Arsenal has been inconsistent. Ozil completed a deadline day switch to Arsenal from Real Madrid last Summer and won the FA Cup with the Gunners in his debut season.
However, the former German captain has criticized Ozil for his lackluster performances last season and is skeptical about his form going into the World Cup.
"It’s difficult to say where his head is going to be at the World Cup - I saw him play for the national team at the weekend and I was not surprised, not scared, but a little bit concerned, by his performances actually."
Ballack watched Ozil play for Germany against Cameroon and says the midfielder looked "lost".The 37-year-old fears Ozil maybe struggling to live up to his £42.5m transfer.
“He has done well for Germany, and he played well during the qualifying campaign, but in the last few months - since his move to Arsenal - he has not been the same player, in terms of his confidence, that we used to see in the national team."
“I don’t know whether the Arsenal move has affected him because he was untouchable and in Germany we still expect him to be one of our best players. But he is not a leader on the pitch, like a captain.
“He is a fantastic player who still has to find his role and his responsibility for the team, and when he was criticised for his performances, he looked surprised, he looked lost.
Article by: Farhan Daw