Arsene Wenger has backed Mesut Ozil to score more goals and have a bigger impact on this Arsenal side after two seasons in England.
The German international arrived on deadline day in 2013, and last summer came off the back of a successful World Cup campaign. This year is his first full pre-season with the club and the Arsenal manager is convinced his record signing can produce more because of that.
“He is physically stronger,” he said, “more equipped to deal with the Premier League and in the second part of the season last year we have seen that intelligence of his passing.
“The fact that he added some steel to his game, that was needed, certainly in the Premier League, and I am confident he can be one of the great players of 2015/16.”
Ozil got 7 goals in his first season and 5 in his second which was truncated by injury, but Wenger is looking for him to hit double figures this time around.
“I want more goals from him because he plays in that position and he is a good finisher, but he does not take enough chances when he is in the position when he can finish.
“He is conscious of it and he wants to do it now, so I am confident of that. I believe he is in positions where he can finish better and we want from him 10 goals per season.”
And the Arsenal manager is tipping the former Real Madrid man to show his very best after a period of adaptation.
“When Ozil signed he joined very late without any preparation with the team, after in 2014 he came back exhausted by the World Cup,” he said.
“He got injured for four months and in the second part of the season he started to really adapt. This is of course the test: it is a very important season for him.
“But you could see that people have turned in favour of him recently, they start to enjoy his game. I’m confident that he can be one of the great players of 2015-16. He can become player of the year.”
Frankly anyone that doesn’t enjoy Ozil is a bit weird as far as we’re concerned, but he can definitely do more.
This season would be quite the time to do it.