Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been urged by goalkeeping legend Jens Lehmann to raise his level for the big games if he wants to be considered one of the best players in the world, The Sun reports.
Ozil had an inconsistent season last term, coming back to help us during the second half of the campaign after suffering his most serious injury to date.
The German wizard returned visibly bulkier, having spent his time on the sidelines working on his upper body in the gym to cope with the rigours of the Premier League (via the Mirror).
However, Lehmann still believes that the 26-year-old still has some way to go if he’s to fulfil his potential.
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“You don’t need to be a fantastic player in the small games and mediocre player for the big games,” Lehmann told The Sun.
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“He can definitely do that — but must prove it.”
Ozil ended the campaign with just five goals in all competitions and can definitely improve that area of his game, but his creative talents remain.
After being returned to his central role following a bizarre period on the wing, Ozil shone in the final few months of the season.
The key to having an Ozil at the top of his game is positioning players able to make runs off the ball in front of him with pace, something we saw in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.
If Arsene Wenger can add an elite striker for Ozil to feed, then we’ll surely see him return to the form he showed at the Bernabeu for many years.