Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Wenger: No pressure on Ozil

The Arsenal manager believes the summer signing has adjusted well to being a focal point in attack, but Wenger is reluctant to put too much responsibility on him.
Mesut Ozil
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down concerns over the recent form of Mesut Ozil, insisting he is pleased with the German's contribution since arriving in the summer.

Ozil signed from Real Madrid for a club-record fee of 50 million euros on deadline day in the summer transfer window and has been a force since joining the Gunners. Although Wenger believes Ozil's late arrival made his adjustment to the Premier League tougher, he is not putting pressure on him to outshine his teammates. 

"First of all he is a hugely talented player," Wenger told reporters. "He just arrived here three months ago and overall he did not have the best of preparations for the league. He is a young player, he is 25 years old so of course there is a lot of room for improvement for him.

"We have plenty of players who can take the ball and play, and because he plays in the central part of the pitch the ball goes through him. But we don't put any special responsibility on him. Maybe he feels a bit more pressure to do that. But we just want the game to be played like we see it and we do not put any special responsibility on him. Everybody in our team can deliver great balls."

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