Arsenal legend Tony Adams has urged Arsene Wenger to tread very carefully with how he manages Mesut Ozil's workload after the World Cup, telling his former boss to give the £42.4m man a complete one-month rest after the tournament.
Ozil will likely be a central spearhead for Germany on Monday evening as they begin their 2014 campaign against Portugal in a heavyweight European clash, which if all goes according to plan for Joachim Low's side could see the Gunners star play a whopping seven times in just one month.
The 25-year-old endured a rollercoaster ride during his first season at the Emirates after a club-record move from Real Madrid to Arsenal, which Adams is proof that the potent playmaker desperately needs a rest.
Adams told The Express: "He's a top player. To be honest by his standards, he had a poor first season.
"There's a lot more to come from him. He's a terrific player and I don't think he got the winter break which he is used to. With the style and tempo of the Premier League, he needed a break but he'll come back stronger.
"He needs a rest but he has the World Cup! Wenger needs to give Ozil a four week break and then unleash him in September!"
Wenger has underlined his faith in Ozil before his World Cup campaign begins by spurning the chance to re-sign former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, which has left Gunners fans with a bitter pill to swallow after watching the Spanish star complete a £27.5m move to Chelsea.
Fabregas has not completed an emotional return to the Emirates because Wenger believes that move would have stopped the likes of Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere continuing to develop an understanding in an advanced central areas, with Arsenal targeting quality additions in other positions.
That decision however will heap the pressure on Ozil to match supreme technical talent to consistent performances next season, which could leave any plans Adams put forward geared towards a rest in tatters.
Ozil definitely flagged during the second half of last season after a blistering start to life in North London, finishing with seven goals and 14 assists in all competitions.
Arsenal fans will hope Ozil roars back next term eventually allow memories of a penalty miss and anonymous display against Bayern Munich to be buried, but as Adams rightly points out shining for Germany at the highest level could mean that will take some time.