It was another poor day at the office for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Sunday’s visit of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City was a huge chance for the German playmaker to silence some of the doubters.
In recent weeks, Ozil has been a regular in the starting XI again and fans have been waiting on the stellar performance which everyone knows he has in his locker.
This was a big game where Arsenal needed their best-paid player to turn up.
Unfortunately, it was just another occasion where the 30-year-old never emerged from the shadows.
The former Real Madrid man was so ineffective he was hooked before the hour-mark by Freddie Ljungberg to be replaced by youngster Emile Smith Rowe.
Ozil trudged off and threw his gloves down in frustration, which has not gone down well with the supporters that had been clamouring for his return to the side when Unai Emery was ostracising him.
TBR’s view – Ozil should watch De Bruyne highlights
Ozil’s feeble display was made to look much worse at the Emirates Stadium by his opposite number Kevin De Bruyne, who put on a masterclass for the visitors with two brilliant goals and an assist.
It wasn’t just the Belgian’s productivity in front of goal though that was so impressive – it was his attitude, and willingness to work hard out of possession.
Lots make arguments for Ozil that being an attacking midfielder means he doesn’t have to press or track back – but De Bruyne proves that is nonsense.
The £55 million star (BBC Sport) arguably cemented his status as the Premier League’s best player, and Ozil could do a lot worse than to try and follow his example if he is to win the Arsenal faithful back round.