Mesut Ozil can get better, believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, as the boss stresses he is not worried about a perceived drop in form from the Germany playmaker, ESPN
Ozil moved to the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid towards the end of the summer transfer window, the Gunners spending a club record fee to sign the former Werder Bremen midfielder, and after an initial flurry of assists, Ozil has been less productive, according to some observers.
Wenger concedes that Ozil’s influence has lessened in recent weeks but downplayed any concern over the matter, insisting it should have been expected given the circumstances of his arrival at the club. “First of all he is a hugely talented player,” Wenger said.
“He is just arrived here three months ago and overall did not have the best of preparations for the league. He is a young player, he is 25 years old so of course there is a lot of room for improvement for him.
“We have plenty of players who can take the ball and play you know because he plays in the central part of the pitch the ball goes through him,” Wenger continued. “But we don’t put any special responsibility on him.
“Maybe he feels a bit more pressure to do that. We just want the game to be played like we see it and do not put any special responsibility on him. Everybody in our team can deliver great balls.”
Ozil has made 14 appearances so far for Arsenal, having played twice this season for Real Madrid before moving to London. In total Ozil appeared more than 150 times for the Spanish club, winning La Liga in 2011-12.
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