Arsene Wenger revealed after last night’s 2-1 win over Man City that Mesut Ozil had been ill all week, suffering from a chest complaint.
It added another layer of awesome to the German’s performance, as his two assists created the goals for Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud. Quick to praise the footballing quality of his record signing, the Arsenal manager was also happy to highlight his character – to play like that after being in bed all week speaks volumes.
“He had a chest infection for the week and was in bed,” said Wenger. He had only one training session yesterday and for a guy who could not prepare well he has done very well physically.”
It was even noticeable that despite knowing he was under the weather Ozil looked unhappy to come off, and with two more assists bringing his total to the season to 15, he’s a crucial part of making this Arsenal side, blighted by injuries, tick.
“You need at the end of the day someone who gives the guy the ball who scores the goal,” said the Frenchman. “In our team most of the time Ozil is this player. When you look at this and the guys that see, make you win and he is that.
“He is much more mature and is much more keen to take on responsibility. I personally think he is built on his physical attributes and commitment. You see his desire to win, he plays to win the games and maybe this kind of talent is exceptional. He realises he can help us in every single game.”
Nicking a living. Jury’s out. Blah blah blah.