Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil has mentally recovered from Arsenal’s damaging Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich as the Gunners recorded their first league win since February 11.
Ozil spearheaded a morale-boosting 3-0 win over West Ham as the playmaker scored his first goal since December 10. Theo Walcott and substitute Olivier Giroud also got on the scoresheet as
Arsenal leapfrogged Manchester United into fifth place in the Premier League.
The Germany international had been subjected to heavy criticism from fans and earlier in the week captain Per Mertesacker mistakenly made a donation to a “Mesut Ozil missing persons fund” whilst signing autographs.
With Ozil’s future yet to be decided, Wenger believes the German was mentally affected by their last-16 exit at the hands of Bayern and deserves credit for responding to critics with his performance on Wednesday evening.
“I feel that he’s back physically with focus,” the Arsenal boss said.
“I know him quite well and I felt that he got hit hard from us going out of the Champions League and it took him some time to recover from that mentally.
“I feel for a few weeks now in training he’s really focused again – and that comes out in the game.
“Of course (he deserves credit). We live in a world of extremes…we are always praised maybe more than we deserve it and punished more than we deserve it when it doesn’t go well – but that’s our world.”