Ozil, making his first appearance since September and only his third start of the season, lit up the Carabao Cup fourth-round tie with a timely reminder of the scintillating attacking flair he possesses
“I’m not Ozil’s biggest fan but you cannot tell me he is not good enough to get into this Arsenal team, this isn’t a great Arsenal team. The criticism with Ozil is whether he can take Arsenal to the Premier League title or the Champions League, but at the moment they are trying to get into the top four so he has to be in their team or best XI.
The German had a hand in three Gunners goals, including an instinctive drag-back for Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ effort early in the second half, before being substituted on 65 minutes to a chorus of boos from the travelling Arsenal contingent, who were displeased with Unai Emery’s decision.
Arsenal would go on to surrender a lead for the third time in Ozil’s absence as Divock Origi’s 94th-minute equaliser confirmed a thrilling 5-5 draw before the Premier League leaders prevailed into the quarter-finals 5-4 on penalties.
Ongoing Ozil omission strange
“No one is doing anything consistent for Arsenal at the moment, not just Ozil. Arsenal are in a position where so many players are not at the top of their game that they almost have to put up with what Ozil doesn’t do.
“Forget about playing him in the big games, play him against the likes of Crystal Palace, who they let a two-goal lead slip against on Sunday, and see out games. If you look at the front three, I am sure they would love to have Ozil feeding them.
” Ozil’s withdrawal shortly after the hour at Anfield drew a heated response from the Arsenal supporters but Emery insists the decision was discussed before the game, hinting at the German’s possible involvement in the Gunners’ Premier League clash at home to Wolves on Saturday