Arsene Wenger has some nice words for Mesut Ozil – in fact, it is now a routine.
Ozil is fresh from the Bournemouth onslaught, where he was the chief orchestrator, grabbing a goal and an assist for himself.
Indeed, he underachieved in the game – no thanks to the likes of Theo Walcott and Oliver Giroud who prolly failed to come along with their scoring boots.
His overall style-of-play and contribution was superb, and that, his manager is happy with.
The 66-year-old was quoted as saying, via the club’s official website
“I think he plays in a position that suits him well,” said the manager. “He plays in a style of football that suits him well. He is, today, maybe more in a more comfortable psychological position because he’s accepted and not so much questioned than he was in the years before.
Ozil ruptured his knee ligament last season which saw him stay for over three months on the sidelines and the Wenger feels he has learnt to manage his body a lot more.
“This season he was not stopped by injuries and I believe that he arrives at an age – 27 – that you think ‘it’s time for me to really be efficient in every single game, and I want to enjoy every single game’.
“When he was injured for a long period he worked very hard physically. He is a complete athlete. I also believe he has grown in stature and takes responsibilities, leadership in the team and on that front he has improved tremendously and looks determined to lead the team compared to when he arrived.