It is now stale news that Arsenal were defeated by Bayern Munich by 2-0 in the first leg, second round tie of the UEFA Champions League.
The performance, however, of Arsenal record signing, Mesut Ozil was a disappointing one and will never be forgotten by fans for a while.
Even his gunners teammates were outrage at his performance. Mathieu Flamini was not going to have any more of the German's lackadaisical attitude and made him understand that.
The flashpoint came in the second half
after a Bayern move broke down and the ball is collected from behind
the goal by Lukasz Fabianski.
points his finger accusingly in the direction of defender Laurent
Koscielny but is given a stern rebuke by Flamini, leading to a little
bit of pushing and shoving between the pair.
The exchange of words summed up
Arsenal's frustrations on a night when they were once again outclassed
by the German champions, who took a firm grip on the last 16 tie with a
2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.
£42.5million man Ozil was especially disappointing - bought to
influence matches such as this, he was largely anonymous and drew a heap
of criticism from fans on Twitter.
heat map from the first leg match showed up Ozil's lack of
perspiration, but accusations of laziness were dispelled by the fact he
ran 11.69km during the 90 minute, the third highest on the pitch.
It isn't the first time the playmaker has been accused of a lack of effort or respect during a big match.
Compatriot and Defender
Per Mertesacker yelled at him after Arsenal's 6-3 defeat at
Manchester City in December when he didn't go over to applaud the
travelling Arsenal fans.
later suggested that friction between members of the team was healthy,
telling German newspaper Bild that 'it can't just be all happiness,
peace and pancakes.'
However, fellow German team mate Lukas Podolski defended Mesut Ozil on Facebook after his poor performance and felt it was wrong to single out a player for blame insisting that it was a team effort.
Podolski, an unused substitute in the
fixture wrote: 'It's not fair to diss Mesut. Critic is part of sports
and this is good - but polemic is not. Picking one player out doesn't
help the collective and the whole club neither! He's outstanding player
who wants to make all of US happy in the future.'
Ozil, then apologized to his teammates and fans.
Ozil expressed his dissappointment earlier in the day via social media, writing on his twitter page and posting same message on Arsenal fans on Facebook in the wake of his poor display against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night
Flamini shouting on Ozil