Mesut Özil’s recent below-par performances for Arsenal are down to him ‘not being accepted by his team-mates’, according to former German international Michael Ballack.
25-year-old Özil, a £42.5million signing from Real Madrid, missed a penalty in the first leg of Arsenal’s Champions League last 16 tie with Bayern Munich and Ballack believes that the midfielder isn’t fully settled in his role at Emirates Stadium.
It was Ozil’s third consecutive penalty miss at club level, and comes amid criticism for a handful of subdued performances in recent months.
“He looks a bit lost in this team,” Ballack told Sky Sports.
“When he came here there was so much expectation with the quality he has.
“The first games he looked good, played well and was comfortable. With his quality he should be untouchable and bring out so much in the team. But it looks like he has not got the acceptance of the team.”
After initally impressing following his move on deadline day in the summer, Özil has failed to score since December.
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