After returning for Arsenal during the 3-0 Premier League victory over Stoke City on Sunday after three months out, Mesut Ozil has now spoken about what makes a successful playmaker.
It would be fair to say the 2014 World Cup winner has failed to live up to expectations since becoming our club record signing in a £42.4m transfer from Real Madrid in 2013.
However, Ozil’s performances for Germany and Madrid – as well as occasionally for us – shows that he unquestionably possesses talent and the 26-year-old has revealed what he needs to do to achieve success as a No.10.
“Before you get the ball, you think about where your team-mates and the opposition are likely to be,” the attacking midfielder told the club’s website.
“I have an idea of where my team-mates are when I receive possession, and where they could run.
“Of course what happens next depends on them as well as me. If they make runs into space or we think along the same lines, I can play the pass.
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“But if I see the gap and they don’t run into it, you can’t play the pass. We have so much quality going forward. We have players with a lot of pace, who think about what’s going to happen and that makes it easier.
“You have to think before you receive the ball, because the game now is so intense and quick. It wouldn’t work otherwise.”