Arsene Wenger is pleased with the current form of Mesut Ozil, and feels that Arsenal are now getting the best out of the World Cup winner.
The German has scored twice and provided six assists in his 11 appearances this season and the Gunners boss feels that he is beginning to justify the £42.5 million fee that he parted with for his
services in 2013.
Those two goals proved pivotal in recent wins over Manchester United and Bayern Munich as Ozil begins to befit his match-winning reputation.
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The Evening Standard quotes Wenger as saying: “He is 27 now. It is the golden age of a football player, 27-31, 32, the age when you know your job, you realise suddenly that it is not only important to play, it is important to win as well.
“You go into that period thinking: ‘Finally’. Under 25 you think you can last forever. Once you get to 27 you realise it’s time to capitalise on what you have learned and efficiency takes a little bit over the playing mood.”
Arsenal failed to add any outfield players to their squad over the summer, but the lack of transfer activity has arguably made the existing group of individuals a much tighter unit.
Ozil returned to action at the beginning of the year after suffering a ruptured knee ligament, and it appears that his extended stay in the side is having a benefit on his teammates as well.
However, despite his recent form – and high praise from his manager – the former Real Madrid star wasn’t included in the 23-man shortlist for the 2015 Balon d’Or.
Arsenal go into their Saturday evening kick-off at home to Everton knowing that victory will see them go top of the Premier League ahead of tomorrow’s Manchester derby.
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