When Arsenal stunned the football fans and followers in England and around Europe last year, by smashing the club transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, the Germany internetional revealed that Arsene Wenger was a big reason for his decision to become a Gunner.
Not only did the Frenchman phone Ozil personally, using his brilliant language skills to persuade him in German, but the Prof’s reputation for looking after and improving the players under him was a factor as well. And Ozil has already benefited from that part of Wenger’s approach.
The manager was always firmly behind Ozil last season, even when his form dropped off and the criticism started pouring in. And in a Sky Sports report, Wenger has carried on with some heavy praise for the Arsenal playmaker, waxing lyrical about just what Ozil brings to the table and suggesting that those people who do not appreciate him are simply missing the point.
The Frenchman stated, “People are very harsh on Ozil because he’s a player who is easy with his play.
“When you watch his game back the next day you think ‘what a player’. Everything he does is intelligent and the timing of absolutely everything he does is absolutely perfect.
“He’s like a guy who plays music with perfect timing. There aren’t many players like that.”
And the 25-year old needs that kind of support. He does have great belief in his own ability, but you can tell that sometimes he gets a bit down on himself as well, such as when he missed that penalty against Bayern Munich. So having Wenger in charge at6 Arsenal is certainly good for our number 11.
The German said, “The whole club can be proud to have such a fantastic manager with so much experience, playing with style and doing so many great things for 18 years here.
“The boss has always blooded youngsters, and helped make them into some of the best players in the world. That’s also why I came here. I wanted to develop myself further.
“Of course Arsenal can win the Premier League. We also want to show that we can play better in the Champions League. We have the potential to reach the final.”
That is what we like to here and if the Gunners are to make these dreams come true, we will need a happy and confident Mesut Ozil, so keep up the good work Arsene.