Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has heaped special praise on Mesut Ozil after the play-maker inspired the Gunners to a comfortable win over Newcastle.
The Germany international spent over a month out of action with a hamstring injury before returning in the 3-0 success at Hull City last weekend. He then built on that insourcing Arsenal to victory against the Magpies where scored the second goal and assisted the third.
The Spaniard was full of praise for the 25 year old and believes the German was sorely missed while he was out.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
He’s very important for the team. He’s been missed while he’s been injured.
We’ve been missing very important players through a very important period of the season. I’m really pleased to have people like him back in the team and performing at the top because that’s what we need.
The win means that Arsenal can secure qualification Champions League with victory over West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on Sunday and Arteta has called on Arsène Wenger’s side to keep their momentum. He added:
We need to keep it up because everything is very tight, there are only two games to go and we want to finish on a high.
We’ve got the final in the FA Cup as well, so we’re pleased to get back to our best and happy for the people as well.
We’ve got a massive chance at home in our last game of the season and that’s always very important. The atmosphere will be great, so let’s take it and don’t take any chances.
The German international arrived in North London amidst an unprecedented level of fanfare last September given his status as one of Europe’s most coveted players, but he has largely failed to deliver during his debut season in England’s top tier. However his performance against Magpies has given fans hope that he will flourish in his second full season at the club.
He scored his fifth goal of the season with a simple tap in. He also assisted another and his delivery was dangerous all night, including from corners. His passing was outstanding overall, with a 94% accuracy and just three failed attempts during his 73 minutes on the pitch.
The German thrived at Real Madrid because he had quick forwards to find. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud may be a decent striker, but he is more of a target man. However, the Gunners are expected to bring in another striker this summer and maybe that forward will be the sort to thrive on Ozil’s creative skills and ability to provide killer passes.
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