Chelsea boss Frank Lampard singled out Mesut Ozil as an Arsenal player who caused them problems in their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Blues were unable to overcome a 10-man Gunners side who lost David Luiz to a first-half red card as goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin secured a point for the visitors.
Ozil, who has gained a new lease of life under new boss Mikel Arteta, seemed to put in a quiet performance before being withdrawn to make way for Matteo Guendouzi with his side 1-0 down after 55 minutes.
But Lampard highlighted in two separate interviews how the polarising German playmaker caused problems for his side and stopped them from controlling the game despite having a one-man advantage as he made half-time adjustments in response.
Lampard said: “Well I think probably for 15 minutes in the first half it did because I think we were still probably in the mindset of them with 11.
Frank Lampard explained how Mesut Ozil caused problems for Chelsea
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“And Ozil pulling out to the side and giving you some problems and I think we ended up being in a kind of middle ground. So I was pleased for half-time so I could address that.
Speaking to BT Sport, Lampard said: “I think we were used to having a little bit of an issue where Ozil comes out to the side and we sort of stayed in the mode of dealing with them with 11, when really with 10 we could have been more aggressive.
“Then I thought the second half was what it was, we had loads of the ball, we were in their half most of the time, they had a few breakaways – that can happen.
Frank Lampard was left frustrated as his side failed to overcome 10-man Arsenal
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