Will Mesut Ozil ever reach his potential or is he going to be Arsenal’s most expensive flop in history? I admit I am one of those who continue to criticize him but that is only because I feel like he has so much to offer and I am frustrated by his performances. However, there are three reasons I feel the real Ozil will be unleashed on the Premier League:
Defence of criticism:
Last season, any Arsenal fan could have been forgiven for thinking Ozil couldn’t care less. His teammates would berate him on the pitch and then stick up for him in the press while his manager’s faith in the face of criticism must have been a sense of comfort. All this time, Ozil kept his mouth shut. This season he has come out of his shell and defended his style of play which I really appreciate because it shows he actually cares what people think and is actually trying to become a better player.
“I am one of the world’s best in the number 10 position!” There is absolutely no modesty about that statement. No buts or maybes just a frank statement on his belief in his abilities. He is almost indignant that anyone has questioned this fact. What he needs to do now is introduce that arrogance in his play…like Zidane. Not only did he say this statement but he has made it clear he knows his best position and has also admitted how ineffective he is on the left which explains his sterile performance in the game against Besiktas. Wenger mentioned that Robert Pires was primarily a left winger and was basically useless on the right. He needs to take heed of Ozil’s statement.
His manager’s unwavering faith:
Arsene Wenger has continued to show his faith in his underperforming player even as the criticism grows louder. This is not blind faith but rather his comments show how highly he regards Ozil. It is reminiscent of the way Wenger stuck by Aaron Ramsey when he was not playing well and all fans had all but given up on him. Now, Aaron Ramsey can do no wrong in the eyes of the fans and Wenger can feel vindicated by sticking by him. No reason why the same can’t happen for Ozil.