Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker has backed Mesut Ozil once again, and is adamant that the playmaker will be crucial for us this season following two inconsistent years, The Evening Standard reports.
This summer saw Ozil take part in his first pre-season schedule since joining us back in 2013, with his international commitments last summer meaning that he joined up with the squad rather late.
Mertesacker, while speaking to German publication transfermarkt.de, has become irritated about the questions continuously asked about Ozil back in their home nation, and the experienced defender expects his compatriot to continue producing the goods.
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“In Germany there are often only small parts of our games aired on TV or the opinions of English journalists are simply accepted,” Mertesacker was quoted as saying in The Evening Standard.
“Mesut is a key player for us. He was in the last season and he will be the same in the season ahead.”
Ozil looks set to continue his role as our central playmaker, which will hopefully banish Arsene Wenger’s previous idea of playing the former Real Madrid man on the left flank.
The boss also seems to be aiding Ozil by positioning Theo Walcott as our central striker, with the England man offering himself as an outlet for Ozil with his blistering pace.
Hopefully, as well as his creative talents, Ozil can use his individual brilliance to decide games and improve his goal return next term.