John Giles: Ozil the player who "let Arsenal down most" against Liverpool

John speaks to Off The Ball about midweek Premier League action

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

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John Giles reckons Mesut Ozil let Arsenal down last night with his performance against Liverpool.

The Gunners were close to a statement result at Anfield but a late goal from Joe Allen left them settling for a 3-3 draw.  

Ozil is a candidate for player of the year after an excellent first half to the season but was quieter for Arsenal last night. 

"They needed somebody, particularly in the middle of the field to get a hold of the ball because the best way you can defend is having the ball and I think the player that let them down most and the player that's getting a lot of publicity this year going for player of the year was Ozil," John told Off The Ball, although he does not think it's "same old Arsenal" based on a mostly decent performance for much of the match.

"He was the one that had the talent to get hold of the ball and do what needed to be done to take the pressure off Arsenal and Ozil was taken off. He was put on the bench. When they needed Ozil, which they really needed him at that particular time, he wasn't there."

John also gave his take on why Leicester have rocketed to prominence this season as they sit level on points with league leaders Arsenal, saying that manager Claudio Ranieri was "wise enough not to tinker" with a team that ended last season with a great run under predecessor Nigel Pearson.