Arsenal Invincible Jens Lehmann has claimed that compatriot Mesut Ozil should be making more of a difference in the big games, as that was the reason the Gunners purchased him.
As relayed in quotes gathered by the London Evening Standard, the famous German stopper has stated his belief that Ozil has the ability to be a deciding factor when it comes down to the crunch fixtures, but also hinted that he hadn’t been doing so to date.
The former Real Madrid man has attracted plenty of criticism in north London since making a blockbuster switch to the Emirates Stadium in 2013. Many expected him to replicate his extraordinary playmaking prowess under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger but he’s often cut an isolated, frustrated figure.
Lehmann though thinks his fellow German has it within him to be a match-winner on his day, but has declared that he needs to start showing it.
"Arsenal bought him to win championships nationally and internationally,” Lehmann said.
“That should be his goal.
"He can't do that on his own but he should be the one making the difference in big games. He's got the potential but has to show it."
Upturn in form
Admittedly since the turn of the year Ozil’s form has been none too shabby, what with his side having won eight Premier League matches on the bounce. A personal tally of five assists and four goals over the course of the campaign isn’t overly impressive but it’s been enough for him to keep his position in the squad and whilst he’s there he has every chance of becoming the player he was prior to his transfer to England.
If Lehmann is right, and Ozil can fire Arsenal to major silverware, then he’ll have the perfect opportunity to do so next season. At the moment the Gunners are sitting in second in the Premier League, and though they don’t look likely to catch Chelsea such a standing would infer they’ll be in the thick of a title battle come next term.
In order for them to trump the likes of the Blues, Manchester City and the recently resurgent Manchester United though they’ll have to have the benefit of big players putting in big performances on a weekly basis.
Arsenal have relied heavily on Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud in the final third this campaign and, though it’s worked pretty well all things considered, they’ll need more than just those two if they’re to secure England’s biggest prize.
As it stands Ozil will have the perfect platform to prove his doubters wrong within the next 18 months or so. If he rises to the challenge he could go down as one of the best pieces of business Arsene Wenger ever did. In the same vein though he could well go down as one of the biggest flops of the Frenchman’s time at the helm if he doesn't make the grade.
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