Wenger hails ‘team player’ Ozil


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has heaped special praise on Mesut Ozil for his commitment and respect to the game ahead of the Gunners clash against Fulham on Saturday.

The 25 year old has made a smooth transition to life in the Premier League following his big-money switch from Real Madrid last summer, scoring four goals and making seven assists in the English top flight.

Wenger believes that the German’s selfless attitude is the key ingredient to his success at the top level and said that he is a football servant.

“He is a first of all a team player”, Wenger told Arsenal Player. “And also a football servant with the fact that he always does what the game wants and he has a big respect for the game. That’s the brand of a real top-level player.”

The Frenchman, whose side lead the Premier League also claimed that he has more strength in depth in his current Arsenal squad than ever before.

“Yes [this is my most egalitarian squad], certainly in midfield,” he said. “In midfield we have plenty of quality players who you can rotate easily without really feeling, ‘today we are weaker’.

“We have fantastic players in midfield and it always allows us to keep what we call the ‘engine’ of the team fresh.

“It is a real team effort. Maybe because every player in his position has a strong personality as well – you have that feeling.

“I would say purely on the football front it’s true that we only have excellent players in every position and that allows you to have different types of teams that can really be efficient.”

Ozil is one of the best midfielders in Europe and when Arsenal signed him on deadline day Gunners fans everywhere beamed with delight, but he still hasn’t reached his potential since his arrival.

However the good news for Arsenal is he does produce moments of brilliance despite not dominating fixtures. Most of his assists and goals have come in clusters and if he can have a couple more bursts between now and May, it might just be enough for the Gunners to end their trophy drought.