Arsene Wenger hints at reason for Mesut Ozil's struggles

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has pointed at the Premier League toughness as a reason why Mesut Ozil’s debut season in England hasn’t quite lived up to the original hype.

German international playmaker Mesut Ozil became Arsenal’s record signing when he transferred to the Emirates from Real Madrid for a whopping £42.4m last summer.

The season began so well for the 25-year-old, with Arsenal quickly establishing themselves at the top of the Premier League table after recovering well from an opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa.

Since the turn of the year, however, Arsenal and Mesut Ozil’s season has taken a turn for the worse as the German international suffered a loss of form and then an injury lay-off which coincided with Arsenal’s fall from top spot.

Despite Ozil’s drop in form, boss Arsene Wenger still has high hopes for his star player, believing he will improve greatly next season and put his debut season struggles down to the heavy workload of the Premier League in comparison to life at Real Madrid in La Liga.

“I think he has great physical potential and that will come out. I think you will see an improvement in both assists and goals next season - and his presence in the game.” He was quoted by the Mirror.

“But he felt that the difference between Spain and here... sometimes he was rested in Spain.”

"He said when Real Madrid are 2-0 up, the teams give up - they know they will lose the game. He said what is the most difficult for him here is that 2-0 up, the teams fight like mad to come back. And he felt that that was the main difference, that you have to fight until the last second of the game.”

Arsene Wenger will be delighted that Mesut Ozil is on the verge of recovering from his hamstring injury, and will be counting on the German for much-needed impetus as the Gunners look to beat Everton in the race for fourth spot and win the FA Cup final against Hull City next month.

In Mesut Ozil’s debut season in England, he has scored four and assisted a further eight in 21 Premier League starts.

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