Mesut Ozil must improve next season - Mertesacker

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker admits his teammate and compatriot, Mesut Ozil, must become more consistent in order to shine next season.

Ozil has endured a difficult debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium after completing a £42.5m move from Real Madrid last summer. The most expensive player in the Gunners’ history has scored just six goals in 36 appearances, while he has also flattered the deceive against the Premier League’s top clubs.

Mertesacker has the utmost faith in his fellow Germany international’s ability to silence his critics, but concedes the playmaker must become more consistent during the 2014/15 campaign.

"It's very important to understand how the differences are between the leagues," Mertesacker told Arsenal's official website. "I think he came from La Liga and it's quite different to play there.

"He has adapted well but there is more to come from him, and I think the second season will be much better from him, because he's a fantastic player.

"He has shown some great skills but he needs to be more consistent, and that's what makes the difference at the end."

Ozil was heavily criticised for his abject performance in the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in February - during which he was subbed off on the hour mark - while he was also picked out as under-performing in the 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League later that month.

The 25-year-old had been out of action since March with a hamstring injury, but returned last weekend as Arsenal attempt to secure a top-four finish.

Ozil will then fly to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup finals, where he has been tipped to play a starring role by Germany coach Joachim Low.

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