Mesut Ozil is trying too hard, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil is struggling to find his best for because he is too obsessed with making the perfect pass.

Arsenal almost trebled their transfer record to bring Ozil to the Emirates last summer and it seemed to pay off with the German playmaker hitting the ground running in the Premier League.

His form has since taken a turn for the worse at present and many Gunners fans have criticised the 25-year-old for his perceived lack of effort.

However, Wenger believes Ozil's problem is not a lack of motivation but quite the opposite.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the crunch tie against Manchester United, Wenger said: “You want the guy who plays behind the striker to score some goals and sometimes he is too obsessed with making the perfect pass when he could take a shot at goal.

“For me, he is an exceptional player. He feels the pressure of course, because he knows a lot is expected when you are a big transfer like that.

“There is a big expectation level, but he should not worry about that, just play in the team and enjoy it, give his best. That’s the best way to deal with it.

“You must say he doesn't come from a small club. He comes from Real Madrid, where the pressure is always huge as well. So he’s used to it.

“He needs understanding. Because he always wants to do well. He cares.

"He’s not a guy who doesn’t care. His style can sometimes look like that, but he’s really the opposite character. He cares about the game, he wants to do well, he needs more support.”

Ozil contributed towards eight goals in first 10 games for the Gunners but only four in his last 10. It has led to some calling for him to be dropped for the game against the Red Devils tomorrow but judging by Wenger's comments, he is ready to back the German until the cows come home.

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