Wenger talks up Ozil and explains what makes Arsenal ‘better’

Date published: Thursday 20th October 2016 8:08

Mesut Ozil: Praised by Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes hat-trick hero Mesut Ozil’s newly-discovered taste for goals can make him a better player – and has offered his thoughts on Arsenal’s all-round improvements.

Germany midfielder Ozil bagged his first career treble in Arsenal’s 6-0 thrashing of Ludogorets in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Ozil laid on 19 assists last term but could only claim eight goals – however with six strikes already this term, Wenger believes the 28-year-old can level out those ratios.

“It looks like he has a taste to score goals,” said Wenger.

“He’s getting in behind now. Before he only liked to come for the ball and provide.

“You want him to be a provider and a scorer and it looks like he’s slowly moving towards that better balance.”

Wenger had earlier purred over Ozil’s form in training, claiming the German “scores when he wants” in his programme notes.

Arsenal’s stalwart manager believes the Gunners’ buoyant spirit underscores a renewed tactical steel that could lead to yet more hard-fought victories.

Ludogorets posed a significant early threat on the counter-attack, with David Ospina forced to intervene several times to deny the visitors a goal.

Alexis Sanchez’s fine lob and Theo Walcott’s goal put Arsenal 2-0 to the good at the break though, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil’s hat-trick finished the job.


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Wenger’s upbeat mood was only checked by an Achilles knock for Santi Cazorla that could put the Spaniard out of Saturday’s home Premier League clash with Middlesbrough.

“In this game a lot is linked with confidence,” said Wenger, with Arsenal now unbeaten in 11 matches.

“I feel that at the moment, because we win game after game, our confidence is high and maybe we get over these dodgy periods with less psychological damage.

“We have a good balance in the team at the moment. Maybe we make more of our chances because the final ball is better.

“Our finishing is better but it’s difficult to analyse at the moment. But what is for sure, we score more goals and that’s what our game is about. We have a risky game so it is important we take our chances.

“In the first half, it looked like a difficult game because they were dangerous going forward, they had good technique in short space, they are quick on the counter attack.

“I believe it was not easy but in the second half we took complete control of the game. I think we could have scored more.”

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