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Arsene Wenger confident Mesut Ozil will shine this season

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes creative midfielder Mesut Ozul could have a big season after an impressive Emirates Cup showing against Lyon.

The German international pulled the strings in an emphatic 6-0 victory against the Ligue 1 outfit on Saturday, and the club's supporters will hope that form can translate into a full Premier League season of quality.

That's certainly the hope of Wenger, who believes if Ozil can stay fit from beginning to end then he can have a significant impact on the Gunners' campaign.

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"He missed the whole first part of the season last year and came back to his best level in the second part of the season -- hopefully he can deliver a whole season now," said Wenger in the aftermath of victory, according to ESPN.

"He had a difficult start but slowly he has won over our fans and feeling the reactions in the crowd, he has their support."

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Unsurprisingly, Wenger was in buoyant mood during the post-match press conference at the Emirates Stadium, claiming the team's focus is better than 12 months previous.

He also believes that his side can take advantage of a quiet summer, and will be expecting a fast start from his players following the conclusion of this competition tomorrow and FA Community Shield next week.

"We have more cohesion than last year at the same period, everyone has a better focus. Last year was a post-World Cup year and some players came back mentally exhausted, hopefully we can take advantage of that," he concluded.

For the record, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all on target for Arsenal in the first-half, with Ozil and Santi Cazorla completing the scoring in the second period.

The result puts the Gunners in pole position to claim the pre-season trophy on home soil once again, with victory against Wolfsburg on Sunday all that's required from Wenger's men.

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