Arsene Wenger: Mesut Ozil sacrifices himself for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger gushes with praise for Mesut Ozil ahead of Arsenal's clash with Everton on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger has claimed that Mesut Ozil sometimes “sacrifices” himself for Arsenal and says that the Germany playmaker is now approaching the peak of his career.

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The 27-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start to the season for Wenger’s men and has already notched up six assists for his team-mates in the Premier League.

I think deeply he is a very, very collective player

Arsene Wenger

Ozil has also netted two goals for the Gunners, and scored Arsenal’s second strike as the north London side sealed a thrilling 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Ozil has been accused of failing to live up to his £42.5m price tag at times since his transfer to Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

However, Wenger was gushing with praise for the former Real Madrid star as Arsenal prepare to welcome Everton to Emirates Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League.

Wenger told a news conference on Friday morning: “He is 27 now. It is the golden age of a football player, 27 to 31, 32, the age when you know your job, you realise suddenly that it is not only important to play, it is important to win as well.

“You go into that period thinking, ‘finally’. [When you are] under 25 you think you can last forever.

“Once you get to 27 you realise it’s time to capitalise on what you have learned and efficiency takes a little bit over the playing mood.

“Talent-wise, I think deeply he is a very, very collective player. He is a very respectful guy.

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“If you tell him to do that he will do it for you. I think his talent is exceptional.

“His talent is fantastic. Sometimes I think he sacrifices himself for the team.

“He plays in the link between the low midfield and the striker. He is the vital part in that.

“When he has the ball in the final part of the pitch, he has the most assists. There he is vital.”

Arsenal head into Saturday’s game second in the table.

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