Mesut Ozil accused of ‘disappearing’ during difficult matches

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil cannot be trusted defensively and ‘disappears’ against physical sides, according to former France boss Raymond Domenech.

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal FC reacts during the Champion's League match against Arsenal FC at Parc des Princes on September 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Ozil, 28, has seven goals in 18 appearances for the Gunners this term and played 90 minutes as Arsene Wenger’s side drew 2-2 with Paris Saint-Germain in their group stage match of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The German became Arsenal’s record signing in 2013 following his £42.5million arrival from Real Madrid and the attacking midfielder came in for heavy criticism following his first two seasons at the Emirates for failing to influence matches.

Many of those complaints have since been quashed with Ozil becoming one of the Gunners’ most influential players but former France and Lyon boss Domenech says the German ‘disappears’ against physical opponents and cannot be trusted to track back.

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‘As soon as there is physicality involved, he disappears,’ Domenech said before Arsenal’s draw with PSG.

‘If he has to track back, he doesn’t do it.’

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