Arsene Wenger hails 'quality' Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to the performance of playmaker Mesut Ozil following his side's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Gunners after a fast start at Selhurst Park, but Joel Ward equalised with a low strike for the Eagles. A Damien Delaney own goal settled things however, with the defender slicing past Alex McCarthy after a far post header from Alexis Sanchez.

Ozil created the first goal with a driven cross to Giroud, who acrobatically volleyed home, but it was his all-round performance which pleased Wenger - particularly in a defensive capacity.


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The Frenchman went on to claim that it's a 'pleasure' to watch his quality of passing on display in the Premier League and that his work-rate continues to go unnoticed. However, the manager remains hopeful that the 26-year-old can add more goals to his game in the future.

"He had a very good performance," the Frenchman told the official Arsenal website.

"He was important getting out from the back, getting out of tight areas. It is a pleasure to watch the quality of his passing and the intelligence of his passing.

"What I told you is what I want from him more is a few more goals this season. For the rest of the build-up in the game he was magnificent.

"He works harder than people think he does. He is not spectacular in his defending but he wants to do the job, he wants to help the team.

"What I liked in his game today was he made many runs without the ball behind the defenders, which is a bit new as he likes to come with the ball. Today he mixed up his game better."

Wenger also praised the performance of Giroud in his post-match press conference, believing the striker was on much better form than in the 2-0 defeat to West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

The centre forward dealt well with long balls, according to his compatriot, and improved on some recent disappointing efforts.

"Giroud scored the goal and he was important because he had to kick a lot of long balls. I think he had a much stronger performance than recently," he concluded.

Arsenal host Liverpool in the Premier League next Monday, before ending the month with a trip to Newcastle.

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