OZIL’S GERMANY PERFORMANCES SHOW HOW WENGER SHOULD USE HIM
The 28-year-old has always sparked debate on how good he really is. It’s clear that someone who has made the most final third passes completed (3015), created the most chances (409),
made the most successful crosses (229) and recorded the most assists (42) in the Premier League since joining in 2013 is undoubtedly a world class player whose statistics cannot be argued with.
The midfielder will always incite an array of opinion, but his performances for Germany show he can perform better than he has shown at Arsenal
Actions verbalize louder than words and no one kens that better than Mesut Ozil. People will always have an array of opinion on the best players in world football and the German international’s sizably voluminous convivial media presence and fame makes him a facile win for ex-players, pundits who probe for someone to criticise when things are going erroneous.
The negativity circumventing Arsenal at the moment has been brought on by years of frustration at the Gunners inability to maintain a consistent challenge for a major trophy. There have been immensely colossal victories, terrible defeats and, somewhere in between, major signings, with Ozil arriving in north London for a then-club record fee of £42.5m four years ago.
The 28-year-old has always sparked debate on how good he authentically is. It’s clear that someone who has made the most final third passes consummated (3015), engendered the most chances (409), made the most prosperous crosses (229) and recorded the most avails (42) in the Premier League since joining in 2013 is indubitably a world class player whose statistics cannot be argued with.
“I believe there are different types of leaders on the field. You have the technical leader, you have the vocal one, you have the one who doesn’t talk but shows it in his desire and how he competes.
“I’m more like that: the one who isn’t as vocal as Tony Adams but will show it how he competes on the field. And you have the type of leader who will want to take a penalty in the 95th minute — this is part of being a leader as well.”
Wenger’s main problem in getting the best out of Ozil is refusal to bring in a player who can offset some of the German’s weaknesses. He would be more effective if a central midfielder with defensive qualities could play behind him, but the Frenchman continues to stick with the vulnerable midfield pivot of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey – neither of whom are defensive midfielders.
Let’s not forget that this is a player who topped the league’s assist chart two seasons ago with 19 – one short of Thierry Henry’s record for most in one season.. Wenger certainly knows how to utilise his strengths but there is the fact that Arsenal’s defensive side has been neglected in the past couple of seasons which saw them finish fifth in the last campaign.
He’s been coerced to play from deep in recent games due to Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies and failure to get the ball in the final third expeditiously enough. That isn’t an issue for the German national team where they play with two holding midfielders and possess a defensive unit which infrequently concedes goals.
Ozil has consistently shown what he can do for club and country. He engenders an abundance of opportunities for his team-mates, opens up the pitch with his perspicacious runs and pin-point passing while he showed last season that he isn’t trepidacious to score a goal – recording his best goalscoring tally at club level during the antecedent campaign.
He will always elicit, exhilarate, regale and frustrate, but that’s what makes Ozil so enigmatic. Those who feel this will be his last season at Arsenal should appreciate what they have afore it’s gone because once the No.10 leaves Emirates Stadium they will virtually certainly be worse off as a team and overall assailing unit.