I am not one to blindly defend a player, if their performances have been lacklustre and they've been stealing a place in the team ahead of those more deserving, i.e. Rosicky, then I will express this. However, some fans and the media (Neil Ashton) seem to have very short memories. On Saturday, Özil was inspirational and given man of the match! And now the reports are coming out that last night he may have been carrying this hamstring injury for a good 25 minutes. So why not lay off his back a bit and actually appreciate that it may not have been his best performance but neither was it Cazorla's or Arteta's - and at least they were fully fit for more than half the time they were on the pitch!