Demi-god Robert Pires has backed Mesut Ozil to build on his encouraging first year at the Emirates claiming it takes up to seven months to acclimatise to life in the Premier League.
Earlier this year Arsene Wenger drew parallels between the two players highlighting that his ‘Invincible’ midfielder had taken a while to assert his genius in England after his £6 million move to Arsenal in 2000.
Despite being burdened by the pressures of a £42.5 million price-tag, Pires – who was voted FWA Player of the Year in 2002 – told the Independent that Ozil will find life easier next term.
“I like Ozil. He is a very good player, with quality. When you come to England, it is very difficult because the football is completely different.
“For me, it was very difficult for six or seven months. When I see Mesut, I say he has had a good first Premier League season, and next season, he will be much better. After six or seven months, it gets easier.”
A regular guest at the Gunners first team training sessions, Pires also touched on the future of Arsene Wenger with whom he has maintained a close relationship since leaving for Villarreal in 2006.
“I know Arsene Wenger. Sometimes you need to take your time over a decision. He knows Arsenal, the team, the squad, all the players. He knows he has very good quality.
“I think he will stay. If he wins the FA Cup, it’s very good for him and for the spirit and the minds of all the players. I think he will stay for next season.”