Arsene Wenger: Why Mesut Ozil can be the star for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger is backing Mesut Ozil to enjoy a successful campaign with Arsenal this season
Arsene Wenger is backing Mesut Ozil to be the star of the season for Arsenal as the Germany playmaker prepares for his third campaign in England.
The World Cup winner struggled to find consistent form last term as he was hampered by a knee injury for four months, before making his comeback at the turn of the year.
Ozil has been criticised by some for failing to live up to his £42.5m price-tag since his transfer to Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
However, Wenger believes that the stage is now set for the playmaker to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s standout performers this term.
Wenger told reporters at Emirates Stadium last week: “He shows more authority to dictate the game than before.
“In the second part of last season we saw the intelligence of his passing, the fact that he added some steel to his game, which was needed, and I’m confident that he can be one of the great players of 2015-16.
“You can see that people have turned in favour of him recently and he is starting to enjoy his game. He plays in the heart of the game, and these kinds of players have an importance and can be efficient in helping us score goals.
“I also want more goals from him because he plays in a position [high up the pitch] and he’s a good finisher. He doesn’t take enough chances when he’s in a position where he can finish. He’s conscious of it and he wants to do it now.
“His main aspect will always be the intelligence of his passing and his creativity, but he gets into positions where he can finish better and we want 10 goals per season from him.”
Arsenal, who finished third and won the FA Cup last term, take on Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday before kicking off their Premier League campaign against West Ham United at Emirates Stadium next weekend.