Wilfried Zaha humiliates Mesut Ozil with skill during Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
Monday’s humiliating 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace was yet another game to forget for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.
While the Gunners’ back four had a shocker at Selhurst Park, it was the German who copped a lot of the criticism in the post-match analysis.
Indeed, between Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, only two chances were created throughout the 90 minutes – two less than Andros Townsend managed alone.
His dour display angered Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports to the point where the Liverpool legend labelled him – and Sanchez – as “embarrassing”.
“The contracts with Sanchez and Ozil – they’ve been nothing short of embarrassing since the contract talks started,” he said.
“I think Sanchez has been awful the last couple of months. It’s looking like they’re playing to get away. Their performances since the talks started have been embarrassing. They’ve been nowhere near good enough for Arsenal.”
Ozil suffered a number of embarrassing moments against Sam Allardyce’s side. On the hour mark, for example, he appeared to play a pass to a substitute instead of Nacho Monreal.
Much to the delight of Palace fans, the ball went out of play and landed straight at the feet of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, leaving Ozil furious with himself in the centre of the park.
However, the worst was yet to come for the much-maligned Germany international.
In the final few minutes of the game, with Palace 3-0 up running down the clock, Wilfried Zaha had the ball in the corner with Ozil and Monreal shutting him down.
What happened next was nothing short of embarrassing for Ozil as Zaha produced a number of ridiculous skills to toy with the No.10 (see below).
ZAHA RUINS OZIL
Zaha absolutely ended Ozil. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/v3FOALzHZi
— 🔴Matt🔴 (@ffsDaley) April 10, 2017
First, Zaha nutmegged Ozil with an Elastico, and while he lost possession, he soon won it back to have another go.
He then took it round the German again before beating him for a third time with a nice back-heeled flick to Townsend. Career-ending stuff.
Arsene Wenger was inevitably peppered with questions about his future after the game but he remained defiant and insisted Arsenal will bounce back – again.
“The defeat is damaging, of course, but I’m disappointed and determined to put things right,” he said. “You understand that our fans are very unhappy.
“They came here with the hope they’d win the game. They are extremely disappointed and I can understand that, like we all are, but Crystal Palace were sharper than us.
“Every defeat is a big worry. I’ve managed over 1,100 games for Arsenal and we’re not used to that [kind of performance], so it’s a big worry. We have to respond very quickly and not accept it.”