Arsene Wenger set to hand Mesut Ozil No.10 permanently

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Arsene Wenger will permanently give Mesut Ozil the No.10 role in his Arsenal squad next season in an attempt to get the best out of him, reports The Mail.

The Germany international became the club's record signing after agreeing to join from Real Madrid in 2013 for £41.2 million.

His first two seasons in English football has been a mixture of good, bad and ugly form, ranging from his two missed penalties against Napoli and Bayern Munich last season, to his excellent performance against Aston Villa in this year's FA Cup final.


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Needless to say, Ozil has not met the lofty expectations that were set for him when he first arrived at the Emirates. Wenger will now do all he can to make sure he returns to being Europe's 'King of Assists'.

Ozil has had to cope with several roles since arriving from Real Madrid and notably struggled to get into games when placed on the left wing.

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Rigid formation

His best performances for the Gunners have always come from his most natural position, behind the striker, and Wenger is ready to hand him the role for good.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez has helped to established a more rigid attack for the Gunners with the Chilean performing his best on the left wing alongside Ozil and Olivier Giroud.

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are likely to fight it out for the slot on the right wing while Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey have also been deployed there at times.

Physical nature

Ozil's adaption to life in the Premier League was certainly not helped by Wenger's insistence on playing him on the wing, but the World Cup winner also struggled with the physical nature of Premier League football.

In a show of steely determination, Ozil used a four month injury layoff, caused by a torn tendon, to bulk up his upper body and returned to the pitch with his already tight Arsenal shirt noticeably tighter.

Is he ready?

Wenger has used the 'deploy on the wing' technique more than once in his Arsenal tenure. He reportedly sees it as a learning phase for the player, helping them to improve their ability to pass players and adapt to having less time on the ball.

He played Ramsey on the left wing for the best part of half a season to help him get back to full fitness. The next season (2013/14), the Welshman, returning to centre midfield, was arguably the best player in the Premier League before Christmas.

Wenger said of Ramsey at the time: Wenger said of Ramsey at the time: "I don't think [playing on the left] is a long-term option for him because he is more a central player in the way I see him developing.

"It is not linked with one position, it is to balance the team. I think in the education of a player it is important that he plays in different positions."


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