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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil fails to grasp his opportunity against Watford

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Arsenal will be kicking themselves after failing to pick up maximum points against Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Unai Emery’s men took a 2-0 lead into half-time after a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, they were unable to hold on after the interval after facing an onslaught from the Hornets. The home side registered 31 shots, 10 of which were on target, as they fought back to earn a 2-2 draw.

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The Gunners, meanwhile, were passive in attack in the second half, and that was in part down to Mesut Ozil.

The former Germany international was selected in the starting XI for the first time this season but failed to take advantage of the opportunity he was given.

His 6.71 WhoScored rating only tells part of the story.

Despite playing in an advanced midfield position behind the two strikers, he did not have one shot on target during the 70 minutes he was on the pitch.

Of course, it can be argued that the 30-year-old is more of a provider than a goalscorer, but even his passing left a lot to be desired. He created just one chance, and his 86.4% pass accuracy was bettered by all but four of the outfield players who kicked the game off for Arsenal.

In possession, he was caught dawdling on several occasions. Three, to be exact, with no Gunners player doing worse in terms of unsuccessful touches.

Considering his past and reputation as a former World Cup winner, it is not unfair to expect more from Ozil, who is now a senior member of the playing staff in north London. He joined the club in 2013 and will turn 31 next month.

With several players unavailable due to injury, including the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney, he was given the chance to show exactly why he should still be a part of the club’s plans moving forward and that he can continue to influence games in a positive manner.

In the end, though, he failed.

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