Theo Walcott has heaped praise on in-form Mesut Özil, suggesting that the German playmaker appears to manipulate time (via Arsenal.com). The World Cup winner is in the form of his life at the moment, assisting with regularity and adding goals to his game too.
Özil has been one of the stand out performers in the Premier League this season, and leads the assist charts by a massive margin. Walcott knows if he makes a run the former Real Madrid man will pick him out, as does every member of the Arsenal squad.
“You just have to get that eye contact and soon as you get that, you know where the ball is going to go,” Walcott said (via Arsenal.com).
“I just keep making runs and he spots them. Next time I can help by putting them in! The [Bournemouth] goalkeeper made a lot of good saves.
“I think some of the guys’ legs were going towards the end, including mine, but Mesut is in the form of his life.
“Some of his touches and his goal alone was just… he didn’t even break stride, it was like he was jogging!
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“It is like he slows things down when he plays and the finish was class. I see him train and what he does for this team and he is only going to get better and better.
“When you come into a new team and environment you need to get the balance right but everyone knows his strengths now and he is really fitting in.”
Özil is unquestionably one of the best No.10’s in the world, and there are few players in the game who even come close to replicating his creativity. He has been a key part of our season so far, and is likely to continue to be so as the campaign wears on.
He obviously wasn’t at his best against Newcastle, but which Arsenal players were? He was still one of the best players on the pitch, and was instrumental in the goal.
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Walcott was a bit of a ghost against the Magpies, failing to make the runs he claimed he would. His pace should theoretically make him the perfect player to compliment Özil’s vision, but we need more from him in future.
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