Not mis-managed: Arsenal legend backs Gunner to "be big success"

Jens Lehmann

Club legend Jens Lehmann, who won the title with Arsenal in 2004, believes his compatriot will get used to the rhythm of the Premier League.

Mesut Ozil arrived at N5 with way of Real Madrid, a club-record transfer fee of £42.4m and a legitimately high-profile as an elite-level operator in his position.

The German trequartista was the marquee acquisition that the long-suffering Arsenal fans had craved and he began the domestic season with aplomb, returning regular assists. He even drew comparisons to club legend Dennis Bergkamp.

However, his form in the second half of the season has waned.

The 25-year-old has endured inconsistent form, has been anonymous in the bigger games of the latter stage of the season and is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.

There have been question marks over whether the player has been mismanaged by Arsene Wenger, especially when compared to the player's former boss at Real - Jose Mourinho.

As there is no mid-season break in the Premier League, unlike in La Liga, Ozil has competed in a league format he is not used to. He has also been fielded from opening minute to last in regular matches by Wenger, something that did not happen as often in Spain's Primera Division. Often, Mourinho would only field Ozil for between 60 and 70 minutes per match.

For Jens Lehmann, it is not a question that Ozil has been mis-managed, but rather something far simpler - that it is simply debut season syndrome from a foreign import and that he is still getting acclimatised to British football.

"Mesut Ozil will be a big success at Arsenal," the Invincible Premier League title winner said on talkSPORT. "You have to remember that every player who has come from abroad needs to get used to the rhythm of the division.

"You don't know how your body is going to react after the winter period - in no other league is it so hard to play throughout the whole season.

"You get a little break in Spain and Germany. It is his first season at Arsenal, but he is a fantastic player."

Ozil may not be available for selection this weekend, as he is due to return April 19.

Arsenal participate in the FA Cup semifinal on Saturday, April 12 at Wembley Stadium. They host West Ham United on Tuesday, April 15, ahead of a trip to Hull City on the 19th.

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