Mesut Ozil is a highly regarded attacking midfield player possessing exceptional vision coupled with razor-sharp passing, making him capable of piercing through even the most impenetrable defensive lines with ease.
Last season saw the former Real Madrid man finish the campaign with 13 assists in La Liga, coming second only to Andres Iniesta’s tally of 16.
After a £42.5m transfer to Arsenal going through on transfer deadline day, shattering all previous club transfer records, the 24-year-old Germany international was hoping he could translate his impressive form with Real Madrid to a new league with a new team and he did just that.
It only took Ozil 11 minutes to impose himself on his first game with Arsenal, doing so in extraordinary fashion. After a world-class first touch, fans watching the game would have seen Ozil coolly slide the ball into the path of an incoming Olivier Giroud, who made no mistake with the pass, finessing the ball into the bottom corner for his fourth goal of the campaign.
Ozil was also the manufacturer of many key passes throughout his 80 minutes of play, having sent in England’s Theo Walcott on goal multiple times, only to be thwarted by Kieran Westwood.
With one game down for the German, Arsenal fans should be in very high spirits because Ozil has made one thing abundantly obvious: he is going to make everyone on the field around him a better player.
Ozil’s play will alleviate the play-making responsibilities of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, provide the Gunners with services from set pieces and supply the forward operating players with pinpoint through-balls, giving Arsenal a cutting edge they haven’t seen in recent years.
However, the young playmaker is only 24 and still has time to mature as a player and fully refine his artistry and there may be no better manager to help Ozil along this path than Arsene Wenger.
Since the beginning of Arsene Wenger’s time in charge of Arsenal in 1996, Wenger has brought in young talents such as: Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabergas and has honed their skills, transcending them into the world-class players they are today.
Already a top player in both European and world football, Arsene Wenger shouldn’t have much difficulty providing Ozil with the know-how to establish himself as one of the best players in today’s game.
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