If there’s one manager that knows the impact a great player in the number ten role can have, it is Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman was lucky enough to watch Dennis Bergkamp terrorise teams while playing in the position, and now he believes that he has a worthy replacement that can have the team shaped around them.
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According to the Metro, the man is question is Mesut Ozil. The German has shown regular glimpses of the magic that has made him one of the best playmakers in Europe over the past few years. Nevertheless, his critics have been monitoring his every move, and waiting for the slightest mistake so they can criticise his thoughtful – although some would say lazy – style.
He has had to deal with injuries, and being deployed in a wider role which has meant that his influence has been lessened. However, the Metro suggest that Alexis Sanchez will be moved to the wing to allow the 26-year-old to play down the middle.
The flying Dutchman’s arrival coincided with the beginning of the Gunners’ first spell of success during the Premier League era, and should this tactical change pay off, they could be about to enjoy a similar spell of glory.