Graeme Souness has claimed Mesut Ozil’s attitude is the reason why the midfielder is no longer at Real Madrid .
The Arsenal star scored in his side’s 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday – his first goal since April last year.
But despite appreciating Ozil’s technical qualities, Souness remains unimpressed by the 31-year-old’s overall approach to performing.
Speaking on Sky Sports ‘ coverage of the match, pundit Souness said: “He’s unbelievable. He sees a pass, in tight areas he keeps the ball.
“Same old accusation – does he bust a gut? No he doesn’t. Does he do the hard yards? No he doesn’t always do it.
“When you think a player of his quality having one goal in 10 months – OK you’ve got to factor in a couple of months of the close season, but still.
“He seems to accept when things are not going well. If he had a slightly different attitude where he could get really angry and fired up with himself he’d still be at Real Madrid.”
Ozil has been a regular in the Arsenal team under new boss Mikel Arteta, who has selected the German at the heart of his side.
He grabbed Arsenal’s third against Newcastle, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe had given the Gunners a commanding lead.
After starting the move, Ozil then got on the end of Alexandre Lacazette’s cross to steer a volley home.
But Souness is unconvinced whether Arteta can get the best out of the playmaker.
He added: “Arsene Wenger was – it would appear from the outside looking in – easy on him.
“[Unai] Emery came along, was hard on him. And now it’s a new managers turn, and I don’t know [if it will make a difference].
“He’s not a boy anymore, he’s a man. He knows what he has to do to be successful at this level.”