Arsene Wenger says that although Mesut Ozil is feeling the pressure of his price tag and his recent lack of form, the German should enjoy his place in the team and not worry.
Ozil started his Arsenal career with a bang, but has since found it hard to maintain that consistency, leading to questioning, some criticism, and witless articles making spurious Bergkamp/Arshavin comparisons.
With a massive game against Manchester United coming so soon after the defeat at Anfield, a lot is expected of the team and the former Real Madrid man, something Wenger is aware of.
“He feels the pressure of course,” he said. “Because he knows a lot is expected when you are a big transfer like that. There is a big expectation level but he should not worry about that, just play in the team and enjoy it, give his best. That’s the best way to deal with it.”
The manager also hinted that others could do more to bring out the best in the club’s record signing.
“He’s not a guy who doesn’t care. His style can sometimes look like that, but he’s really the opposite character. He cares about the game, he wants to do well, he needs more support.”
He also called on Ozil to be a little more selfish when he gets a sight of goal.
“You want the guy who plays behind the striker to score some goals and sometimes he is too obsessed with making the perfect pass when he could take a shot at goal.”
Tomorrow night would be a good place to start.