Former Germany star Dietmar Hamann claims Mesut Ozil does not look happy at Arsenal – and worries for the 25-year-old’s future.
The playmaker arrived at the Emirates last summer in a club-record deal from Real Madrid and was an instant hit, scoring two goals in his opening five Premier League matches.
But, after a good start to his career with Arsene Wenger’s side, the ex-Werder Bremen man has come in for criticism recently for some below par performances.
Arsenal were dire during the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund, with Ozil playing in a wide position, a role which Hamann believes is not showcasing his best talents.
“I don’t know how Arsenal are going to sort him out,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s been there for a little while now.
“He doesn’t look happy, I don’t know what’s wrong with the kid. He did very well for Germany at the World Cup.
“The only position he can play in England is behind the centre forward. It’s a different game in England, it’s more intense, faster and more physical.
“He doesn’t seem to be able to handle that on a weekly basis, or every three or four days. That’s what you have to do though if you’re in the Champions League.
“If you buy a player for £42million they can’t play well every game but, when they don’t play well, they’re still going to be average.
“Against Borussia Dortmund he got subbed after 60-odd minutes and you wouldn’t have known he was on the pitch.
“There wasn’t a single situation where you thought, ‘that was class’. There was nothing,”