Arsene Wenger sticks up for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

Arsene Wenger once again comes out in defence of Arsenal's club-record signing Mesut Özil

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger has again voiced his support for Mesut Ozil after the playmaker got off the mark in Saturday’s win at Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old scored one and set up another as Wenger’s men recorded a 3-0 victory at Villa Park in the Premier League following criticism of the World Cup winner.

When the team plays well, Ozil plays well

Arsene Wenger

Wenger feels that too much was expected of Ozil too soon and is backing the Germany international to improve as the season goes on.

“People forget that Ozil played in the World Cup [final] and only came back on 11 August – it takes some time to come back mentally and physically to your best,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“The game at Dortmund can happen to anybody. We had a tough, tough match against Manchester City on the Saturday, and Tuesday was very short [preparation time].

“Everything is analysed today – you had Ozil, you had Yaya Toure, and straight away everyone questions them. But both of them showed on Saturday and Sunday that they are great players.

“The fans are [aware of Ozil’s qualities]. I believe everybody wants us to do well and you do well with your players of quality giving that extra-special something to the team. He can provide that. When the team plays well, Ozil plays well.

“If a ball comes out quickly and well from the back, he is always the one who can deliver a quality pass. His quality depends on how well we feed him from the back.”

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