I am a die hard Mesut Ozil fan, going back in the day when he used to play with Schalke. He is one of the reasons that i play football. However lately he has become very lazy, too cautious and I believe unimaginative.
He needs to pick up pace and not relax on his previous laurels. He has a wonderful team and coach and this should be the time to explode. Everyone knows he is capable of so much more and his needless cautious approach is killing me. I am yet to see his through balls that causes havoc, the outside dribbles, the outside foot crosses, the nutmegs and that wicked vision. His through balls are arguably not happening because he is lacking runners. Giroud does not make runs to receive through balls from Ozil.
I guess the situation will improve once Walcott, Sonogo or Podolski are back. At the moment though, Rosicky is the only player with whom he seems to have great chemistry. I remember Ozil trying through ball in the final third against Chelsea but nobody was there to receive it. And it happened on more than one occasions. And the problem is that he is trying to contribute more in defense which is not really his forte. He needs to be supplied the ball in final third where is ruthless. But more often these days I see him in central midfield collecting and orchestrating.
It is obvious he is having a great time at Arsenal and his team mates and management is very supportive. But for Ozil to take Arsenal to the next level, he needs to play like Ozil.