That's pretty generous. He was decent against Chelsea but still saw glimpses of the things that make it depressing to me that we actually bother with a player like him in our squad as a central midfielder. Also it's easy to look like a decent midfielder when you've got Coquelin as comparison. Hull gave us a game, why? Because we were absolutely wide open in the middle: as with last year when Cazorla is out and as with Arsenal basically under Wenger in the last years--unless there's a really intelligent player in there like Arteta or Cazorla--we didn't have a midfield, the closest thing to central midfielders that we had were Iwobi or Özil or Alexis in terms of their participation in middle-third build-up, and of course we know what positions they are technically occupying on the pitch....In short, we bypassed it completely in build-up, and without the ball it was pretty easy to bypass it for Hull. Hence we ended up with 49% possession at home against Hull, lol, and conceded a number of good chances. Obviously Ox isn't helped by playing alongside Coq, except for the fact that a bunch of gullible fans see a player who isn't really bad at football next to him and start calling him a good player and talking all kinds of nonsense about his abilities.
He doesn't, at all. He doesn't offer to receive from defence, typically preferring to hide taking after his mentors Coquelin and Flamini, and if he does he doesn't look comfortable receiving, his passing is poor, his positioning is poor, his tempo/timing of passing is poor (see the Özil play where he gets angry, perfect example of not just bad tempo/knowing when to release, but also bad passing).
Sure, he's better than Coquelin. But my god, if I were another fan of a decent team in Europe and not entirely gullible and reading this thread, I'd be laughing my ass off. It will be funny--not really, it will be depressing--if Ox gets a run in the team as a CM, to see people's reactions after the inevitable finding out (though it's pretty easy to see already if you're paying attention). You say he's doing better than Ramsey, meh, he's pretty much the same (as in both don't/didn't really look like actual centre midfielders) maybe a bit better than Ramsey's level last season, which is a backhanded compliment if I've ever heard one considering what a shit level that was. That said, Ramsey has actually withstood long runs in the team as a central midfielder, and when he is not playing like a total idiot and is having some semblance of discipline, is a decent central midfielder, as he has shown on a couple of occasions this season. Ramsey is a cunt but if you're offering me the option of him or Ox in midfield I'll reluctantly take him. In reality we should not still be wasting our time with either.
I don't dislike Ox at all. I dislike watching him play for Arsenal (and I dislike the fact that Wenger has not offered his valuable minutes to a host of other more talented players around the world/Europe). There's a difference.