German newspaper and website Die Welt has suggested this evening’s match against Bayern Munich is one of the biggest in Mesut Ozil’s career.
The German midfielder will be under the microscope later on following his superb performance for the German national side against Chile last week.
German fans and Gunners will be watching him closely and Die Welt suggests it’s a chance for him to prove he can be considered in the same bracket as the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic.
“If Ozil really is in a league with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he needs to separate from any spirits which have affected him – Ozil is unquestionably one of the most elegant engineers in the world,” reads the report.
So can Ozil win the game for Arsenal this evening?
Of course. He’s one of the few players in world football at the moment who can create a chance out of nothing and his stats this season have been good both domestically and in Europe; four goals, nine assists in the Premier League and one goal with two assists in the Champions League.
The issue for Ozil later on is how he deals playing against a side and a group of players who know him very well.
One of the main reasons Ozil was so successful when he first came into the Premier League was because a lot of the defences and midfields had never played against him before.
Key members in Bayern Munich’s squad know how he likes to play and Pep Guardiola has coached teams against him before so the German team will be well drilled in how to keep him quiet.
“Ozil is for the London club what Ronaldo is to Madrid or Messi is to Barcelona, players those sides rely on to arrive in an emergency to take success back home – This club has gone to the extreme (to buy him) but can he gather Arsenal together and lead them?”
We’ll just have to wait and see but Ozil was outstanding for Germany last week and scored in the FA Cup last weekend. He’s in good form, his confidence will be high and he has a perfect stage to perform on.
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