Gilberto Silva demands more decisive streak from Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has the quality to change any match he plays in, but is capable of being far more decisive when it really matters most for the Gunners if he truly finds top form.

That is according to Gunners legend Gilberto Silva, who is not convinced that Arsenal fans have seen the very best of the World Cup winner despite being him having the best part of two seasons to adjust to life in the Premier League.

Ozil is certainly a polarising figure, capable of picking out that all-important final pass but also equally liable to drift out of matches to the point where you forget he's on the pitch at times.

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Gilberto has his say

Gilberto knows exactly what it takes to succeed in England and thinks Ozil could do more, challenging the £140,000-a-week playmaker to up his game if Arsenal are to win their first title since the 'Invincibles' success he was a key part of in 2004.

The Brazilian enforcer told The Mirror: "You speak about Arsenal and how they don’t spend big money on a player often but they did with Ozil and it is always a bit risky. Coming from Spain it is tough to adapt, it doesn’t always happen straight away.

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Has Ozil got another level in his locker?

"I think the most important thing is that the player understands the philosophy of the team, the philosophy of the manager and the expectation from the fans.

"I do really like him as a player but sometimes in the game he does look quite slow, although he has that quality to change the game. He can be more decisive for Arsenal for the quality he has, he can be much more decisive for the club."

Record in 2015 has been encouraging

Ozil's ability to be the Premier League's ultimate example of a marmite player was summed up by public reaction to his performance in last weekend's 2-0 win over Everton.

The 26-year-old created both goals in that match and also covered more ground than any other player on the pitch, clocking up 11.6km.

That didn't stop questions being raise over the intensity of his efforts though, which is the price Ozil pays for being such a languid, almost aloof player for long periods of the match.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will point to a return of five assists and two goals in Ozil's last five Premier League matches as justification that Ozil is serving his purpose, but Gilberto is right in claiming that the German international is capable of better.

That's because at Real Madrid the pass master was magnificent, producing a consistent standard that for better or worse he'll always be compared to at Arsenal.

Ozil needs to find another level next season to follow in Gilberto's footsteps and win the Premier League, because otherwise even if it harsh Arsenal's club-record signing will ultimately be viewed as a flop.

Arsenal fans, are you happy with Ozil's performances in recent weeks? Do you think he's capable of doing better? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below.

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