Arsene Wenger: Mesut Ozil has won over Arsenal supporters
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is tipping Mesut Ozil to have a strong season after completing a full pre-season
Arsene Wenger believes his club-record signing Mesut Ozil has finally won over Arsenal supporters.
The Germany international hasn’t enjoyed the smoothest of starts to his Arsenal career after issues with his fitness and form have often left the Gunners fans frustrated with the £42.5m man.
Feeling the reactions in the crowd, I feel he has their support
However, Ozil returned from a serious knee injury in January and the 26-year-old looked more like the player that Wenger lured to north London from La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2013.
The Gunners midfielder scored a goal and made two assists in Arsenal’s impressive 6-0 win against Lyon in their Emirates Cup opener on Saturday, suggesting that Ozil is ready to build on a strong end to the 2014-15 season.
And speaking to the media after the win, Wenger tipped his World Cup winner to enjoy a positive campaign with the benefit of an uninterrupted pre-season under his belt.
“He missed the whole first part of the season last year and he came back to his best level in the second half of the season,” Wenger said. “Hopefully he do it the whole season.”
Wenger also noted the rapturous reception that Ozil received from the Arsenal supporters throughout the rout against Lyon.
And the Arsenal manager believes the fans’s ovation provides evidence that Ozil has finally won over any remaining sceptics among the north London club’s support.
“He had a difficult start to the season but slowly in the second part of the season, he won over the fans,” Wenger added.
“Feeling the reactions in the crowd now, I feel he has their support.”
Ozil scored four goals and made six assists in the second half of the 2014-15 season following his return from a knee injury.
The Arsenal playmaker has won the FA Cup twice since his move to Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid two years ago.
The Gunners face Wolfsburg in their final game of Emirates Cup on Sunday.