Ozil returned to the Arsenal starting line-up against Hull City at the KC stadium on Sunday after being missing in action for over a month due to an injury he picked up in the second leg of Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich at the Alianz Arena in Germany.
Arsène Wenger thinks the Premier League’s fighting spirit has surprised Mesut Ozil, but he’s backing the Germany star to scale new heights next season.
Ozil tops Arsenal’s assist charts and has played more key passes than any of his team-mates – despite suffering a dip in form in the New Year and missing the past seven games with a hamstring injury. But put up a fine performance in Sundays’s tie against Hull City at the KC Stadium.
Wenger on the players ability and recovery from injury said…
“He has gone through a difficult spell because physically he was not as present as you would expect him,” said the manager.
“I can understand the judgement when… you wanted more of him but I think you are right that you see his quality when he is not there.
“He is a quick player and agile. He can get out of tight situations, so sometimes these players get you out of tight situations and open up to do something interesting behind that. When they are not there, you don’t get out of the situation and you lose the ball.
“That’s what I wish [is that he finishes the season strongly]. He has prepared well and it depends how quickly he will come back into the pace of the game.”
It’s rare for a foreign signing to find their best form in their first season in English football and Wenger expects Ozil’s familiarity with his new surroundings to help him flourish next term.
“The first season is the season in which you adapt and then you know what will happen and you go into it,” he said. “And I believe that he will know better his partners, he will know better the league and the potential is absolutely fantastic. He will improve with goals and assists, and his presence in the game.
“I think he has great physical potential and that will come out. He felt the difference between Spain and here… sometimes he was rested in Spain because he said in Spain, when you are 2-0 up, when Real Madrid are 2-0 up, what strikes him is that the teams give up. They know they will lose the game.
Following his performance against the Tigers, i would agree with the boss that we the Arsenal fans are yet to see the best of our club record signing, and giving the fact that this is his first season at the Emirates’, it is only fair to say that he has done well and adapted quickly into the frantic pace and physical demands of the English Premier League.
Ozil can and will definitely improve even better next season. However it would be best if Wenger looks deeply into the cause of consistent injuries to his player, as this has greatly hampered their performances so far with Wenger at some point having more than 6 key players out – all with injuries of various degree.