Arsene Wenger is looking forward to seeing creative duo Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil link up this season and feels the two will create an exciting midfield combination.
New signing Ozil could make his debut this weekend against Sunderland alongside Wilshere, however there is some doubt over the ex-Madrid man’s fitness who was reportedly too sick to train on Friday.
Even if the German international fails to play this weekend, Wenger is looking forward to the partnership of his new recording signing and young star Wilshere for the years to come.
The Frenchman feels the two can compliment each other even though they are both very creative players, Wilshere likes to sit deeper and can help build up attacks while Ozil can produce the goods further up the field.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Sunderland, Wenger said on his exciting midfield duo:
Jack Wilshere is more comfortable in deeper positions and Ozil more in a higher position, that is why I don’t think they conflict.
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I didn’t always think that, but looking at Jack over the years now, he likes to come deep to take the ball and make a difference, and then give and go again. Ozil, though, is more behind the striker, higher up on the field. It is an exciting combination.
Ozil has the personality to express his game, which is for me the most important. He is a creative player and that is what we want from him, to express his talent and develop it.
If you look well at his record, his assists are fantastic, his goal scoring record there is room for improvement. In the next few years, you expect him to combine those two together.
Like Cesc Fabregas, Ozil will add goals to his game especially as he will have more of a licence to shoot with the Gunners rather then letting the star-studded Madrid forwards do the finishing.
Wilshere has come under some criticism recently after failing to produce his best form after finally shaking off his persistent injuries this term, and his manager believes there is too much pressure on the 21-year-old.
Wenger commented on Wilshere’s form:
Jack has been a doubt, a little bit, physically. The problem in the modern game is that you need to be absolutely 100 per cent to express your talent. Or you don’t.
At the moment Jack is not completely at his best physically. That’s why people start to question his performances but I think he is a fantastic footballer and he will show that. He needs consistency now.
Jack has the personality to be a top, top, top player. He has gone through a difficult period. He is conscious that England were not at their best. It can happen.
Of course [too much pressure is put on his shoulders]. That’s the problem with national teams.
There has been an extortionate amount of pressure laid on the Englishman after his meteoric rise to fame with Arsenal. He has the potential to become the future captain of both club and country and he will prove it on the field in time.
After a frustrating two seasons spent on the sidelines, the young midfielder needs a solid, full season under his belt.
Wenger’s comments also suggest he may choose to afford Wilshere a little rest if he is not convinced of his fitness this weekend after the double header with the national team. Ramsey and Flamini could operate in the more defensive roles but only if Ozil is well.
Arsenal now has one of the most exciting midfields in the league and Gooners will be eager to see them in action today against Sunderland.