Mesut Özil was blamed for all our poor performances when he first moved to Arsenal, with fans and pundits accusing him of not playing to his full potential. Arsene Wenger insists he’s really won over the sceptics however, with the German international really showing what he’s capable of this season, as reported on Arsenal.com.
Özil has incredible stats this season and has unquestionably been one of the best players in the Premier League – and arguably even the world. He’s really starting to get recognition for his qualities, and Wenger knows exactly why.
He’s been our main provider this season, piling on the assists for Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez. We have other talented and creative players like Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, but it’s been all about Özil so far this time around.
Alexis Sanchez was the talk of the town in his debut season at Arsenal, but even he has come nowhere near to impressing the way Özil has this season.
Wenger believes the opinion surrounding the playmaker has changed drastically since he arrived, and he’s now getting the praise he deserves for his contributions.
“At the start, in the first season, there was a lot of scepticism around him,” Wenger said.
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“I think the quality of his performances have turned opinions. He now has the support of everybody who loves Arsenal.
“You look at the players who give our assists and you will see who does it. I think the best assist player at the moment is Özil, but we have many providers.
“We have Alexis, Ramsey, Cazorla – they are all people who can create chances. You could see [Joel] Campbell the other night has given a great assist to Alexis. I think all our players have technical ability to do that.”
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It’s hard to deny Özil’s quality, and anyone who doesn’t appreciate his genius can’t call themselves a lover of football.