Friday, February 21, 2014

FLAMINI SHOUT AT OZIL FOR LACK OF EFFORT AGAINST BAYERN MUNICH AND OZIL APOLOGY AFTERWARDS. WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THE £42M MAN ON THE NIGHT?

Flashpoint: Mesut Ozil was sternly rebuked by teammate Mathieu Flamini during the second half of Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night
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. 
Angry: The flashpoint started when Ozil (bottom right) pointed an accusing finger at defender Laurent Koscielny (wiping his brow), leading to a rebuke from Mathieu Flamini

Ozil 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. 
Rage: Flamini tears into Ozil, apparently accusing him of failing to track back and help out the defence

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. 
Argy-bargy: Flamini and Ozil engage in some pushing and shoving, continuing their angry exchange of words

And £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. 
Bad night: Ozil reacts after seeing his early penalty saved by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (below)

His 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. 

Critical: Mesut Ozil was shouted at by his teammate and German compatriot Per Mertesacker after not applauding the travelling Arsenal fans after defeat at Manchester City back in December
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. 

Critical: Mesut Ozil was shouted at by his teammate and German compatriot Per Mertesacker after not applauding the travelling Arsenal fans after defeat at Manchester City back in December
Mertesacker 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.
Lost: Ozil has faded badly since making an impressive start for Arsenal when signed for £42.5million from Real Madrid in the summer

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
I'm sorry: Mesut Ozil posted this message to Arsenal fans on Facebook in the wake of his poor display against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night

Conscious that he had let the team down, Ozil wrote: 'The next morning doesn't feel better either. sorry guys - it wasn't planned that way. outnumbered it was really hard to win against this team. #ucl #AFCvBAY' 
He was right about Arsenal being outnumbered.Bayern made 863 passes to Arsenal's 222, maintaining an accuracy of 94.6 per cent. Bayern also enjoyed 78.8 per cent of the possession.
What a statistic.

Flamini shouting on Ozil 

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