Arsene Wenger has hailed Mesut Ozil’s current form as his best since he joined the club, and that he believes the German wants to stay and sign a new deal.
The 29 year old’s goal versus Newcastle helped us win an important three points on Saturday, and it was a goal worthy of winning any game.
However, the Arsenal manager believes that it’s more important to focus on Ozil’s overall performance than spectacular moments like that.
“You cannot wait to score a goal like that every week,” he said, “but you can play like he plays usually every week. That is more important.
“If he adds that [goals] to his game, it’s even more important.”
The former Real Madrid man started Saturday’s game sitting much deeper in the midfield than usual, something the manager explained afterwards.
“He links up the play,” he said. “When you have problems to build up the game, he comes a bit deeper and Iwobi goes a bit in his position.
“So overall, we still have a good occupation of the pitch and we know as well that the passing starts well. I think he takes responsibility and that’s what you want from him.
“He is more mature, he guides the team very well, he does a lot on the ball and your heart rate always goes down when he has the ball.”
Of course no conversation about Ozil can be had without mentioning his future, and after his cryptic reply in the immediate aftermath of the game, Wenger was a bit more forthcoming.
“I believe he wants to stay,” he said. “He is not to be convinced.”
Maybe just convince him to sign the contract though, that’d be a good move!