Is Wenger taking credit for Ozil’s rejuvenated Arsenal form?

Arsene Wenger has praised Mesut Ozil’s recent upturn in form, whilst claiming that he is enjoying his role in the new Arsenal formation.

The Gunners have won six of their last seven matches since the Frenchman opted to change to a 3-4-2-1 system, with Ozil starting each of the seven in one of the two roles in behind the striker.

The German international scored a sublime goal in yesterday’s 4-1 win over Stoke City, prompting the manager to give the plaudits to our in-form star.

“That’s what you want from him,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “I think that he has blossomed in this position now and overall he enjoys it.

“I must say, individually when the confidence is high in the team, you see that all the players play well.

“I think this result is a continuity of what we have done during the week. We played well against Man United, we played well at Southampton and again here. So overall, I think we had an exceptional performance, we have a great team spirit and I am very proud of what we did.

“We have not a lot of recovery because the games come very thick and fast and we just have to maintain the focus and prepare well for the next one.”

It seems as though Arsene Wenger is trying to take part of the blame for Ozil’s upturn in fortunes following the switch in formation, but it could also be fair to place some of the blame on the manager for his struggles this term.

The new system has no doubt worked wonders for our side, much in the way that it has for both Tottenham and Chelsea this term, and you could ask what took Wenger so long to look at his underperforming team.

Is Wenger taking some of the plàudits for Ozil’s resurgence? Does he deserve any of that praise? Is Ozil earning a stronger stance in his contract talks with his recent performances?

Pat J

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  1. Whatever says:


  2. Frank says:

    Talk him up to get the highest price we can get. Can’t wait to see the back of him.

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    One Game.. He turns up for One Game and the ass kissing is endless ?

    1. Arsenal007 says:

      One thing I’ve noticed is that Ozil only plays well when the whole team is playing well. He’s not been able to play well when the team’s been cr@p…unlike Alexis. No doubt he’s a great player on his day.

  4. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Of Mice and of Men ………. Story of wenger

  5. John0711 says:

    Apparently Sanchez has agree to go Bayern

    1. Taxi4Wenger says:

      Any link?

  6. Fatboy Gooney says:

    All I know is, Wenger better send his SAS chief up to Anfield on the final day of the season, only a bout of afternoon food poisoning can save our Wenger trophy now.

    1. Taxi4Wenger says:

      Maybe bartender poster below can help your suggestion with their drink.

  7. Bartender says:

    Kante has been on MAGNIFICENT form for 2 full seasons but Arsenal fans praise Ozil for like 10-15 decent games this whole season
    We need to have higher standards

  8. Peter Deed says:

    Cech and Ozil have been terrible since joining Arsenal. Ozil had a good last season with assists but his 3 seasons have been poor. Alexis is the only player who has performed under Wenger last 3 seasons.

  9. Peter Deed says:

    Arsenal need new owner with ambition, new DOF for transfers and players contract, new manager Allegri or Simeone, new world class players and sell deadwoods like Mertesaker, Debuchy, Gibbs,
    Theo, Giroud, Ramsey.

  10. John Ibrahim says:

    Super computer has proven to be right

    Europa it is

    Wenger and the players do not deserve champ league

  11. Ronny says:

    Joke. 42m requires some level of consistency not just now and again.
    I’d take Eriksen and coutimho any day of the week!
    Those two are why they have cl next year and ozil a huge reason of many why we don’t.

    Sell sell.
    And if sanchez wants to go to bayern good luck to him. He deserves to be at Chelsea, bayern, barca, real m or juve.

    1. Frank says:

      I would take Sigurðsson and about 10 other players over Ozil.

  12. gmv8 says:

    It strikes me that Ozil is a sensitive character, and there has clearly been discord amongst team members, which recently appears to have been put to rest, so possibly this is something to do with it?

    On a different note, the commentator on the Stoke match said that AS7 is only behind Ian Wright and TH14 (no mention of van Per$ie :)) in the time it took him to score 50 goals for Arsenal, and he’s not even a striker! This man is already following in the footsteps of Arsenal legends, let’s appreciate him for what he is, stop picking holes in him, and do all we can to get him to stay.

    1. Jim A says:

      He plays along the forward line. Not a striker?

      1. gmv8 says:

        I would say OG12 is the only out and out striker we have, as he has never played in any other position, and I don’t know if he is capable of doing so. Ian Wright and TH14 never played in any other position either, although TH14 may have played on the wing when he first joined, I can’t recall.

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