Mesut Özil was the victim of the French press following Arsenal’s victory over Marseille in the midweek. The media seemed to pick out the German to have had a poor game despite his billing of a superstar.
L’Equipe stated Özil had a ‘good start with a nice pass for Walcott but lacked power after that and pretty rubbish’. It seems they were still bitter from the loss despite Marseille enjoying more possession and shots on goal.
The Gunners only managed 45% possession and nine shots on goal compared to Marseille’s 55% and their 15 efforts however Arsenal proved to be more clinical and accurate with both teams managing seven shots on target with Marseille’s only goal coming from the penalty spot.
To pick out Özil’s performance seems a little childish taking in to consideration it was only his second appearance for the club and no Arsenal player really stood out. Marseille had most of the ball and so it was difficult for any of the visitors to really make an impression without scoring. The German may not have been at his best but he did more than enough to help the team.
The 24-year old could well make the L’Equipe eat their words when Marseille visit the Emirates, by which then Özil would have had a little bit longer to integrate with the team.