Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Mesut Ozil after the German’s performance against Crystal Palace helped the Gunners to a 2-1 win today.
The German was the creative hub of the team, creating 5 chances, including the assist for Olivier Giroud’s opener.
It’s the kind of display the manager, and fans, want to see more of from the German international, and Wenger was quick to laud his record signing.
“He had a very good performance,” he said. “He was important getting out from the back, getting out of tight areas. It is a pleasure to watch the quality of his passing and the intelligence of his passing.
“What I told you is what I want from him more is a few more goals this season. For the rest of the build-up in the game he was magnificent. He works harder than people thinks he does.
“He is not spectacular in his defending but he wants to do the job, he wants to help the team.
“What I liked in his game today was he made many runs without the ball behind the defenders, which is a bit new as he likes to come with the ball.
“Today he mixed up his game better.”
There was credit to for Santi Cazorla with Wenger suggesting he’ll be deployed centrally rather than out wide.
“Cazorla in important the start of the game when the ball comes from our defenders, because he can pass from deep midfield to high midfield better than everybody and get out of pressure.
“That’s why I positioned him more central. He is not any more a player on the flanks who can overlap and cross the ball.”