Sep 20, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
0-3
Arsenal

Clark (83')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Ozil (33'), Welbeck (34'), Cissokho (36' og.)
Chambers (22'), Ramsey (56'), Wilshere (84')

Danny Murphy: 'Mesut Ozil is wasted on the wings'

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes that Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil should be played in the centre rather that out wide.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has criticised Arsenal's continued deployment of midfielder Mesut Ozil on the flanks by insisting that he is more effective in the centre.

The German has been the subject of criticism this season, but scored in Arsenal's 3-0 win away at Aston Villa while playing through the middle.

Murphy told BBC Sport: "[Ozil] came to Arsenal with one of the best assist records in Europe. The problem is, when he is wide, he expends so much energy he hasn't got the legs to go forward.

"What Ozil did against Villa, he ended up in the wide positions because he saw the space. When he starts wide, he gets isolated and trapped.

"He thrives on confidence. The flexibility and variation is crucial for Arsenal to be successful."

Ozil is Arsenal's record signing, costing the Gunners £42.5m when they bought him from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck shoots to score their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on September 20, 2014
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