Toni Kroos outlines the importance of fellow German Mesut Ozil

Andre Schurrle & Mesut Ozil

German international Toni Kroos has been impressed by Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s ability to perform in various positions.

German international Toni Kroos has praised his colleague Mesut Ozil ahead of Germany’s World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

The Arsenal star has played in all of Germany’s games so far, showing his worth and versatility to Joachim Low’s men by contributing both in attack and defence.

  TeamPosGoalsTotal Att AssistAccurate PassBall RecoveryTotal TackleAppsMins
Mesut Özil Germany MF 1 12 194 17 5 4 362

As per Opta Stats, The Gunners’ record signing is shown to have contributed in a number of areas.

Going forward, the 25-year-old scored just the one goal against Algeria in the round of 16 though he has notched up an impressive 12 goalscoring chances for his teammates and recorded a total of 194 accurate passes.

Defensively, Mesut Ozil has worked hard for the team by contributing 17 ball recoveries and five tackles in 362 minutes of World Cup action.

Importantly, Ozil has shown that he can perform in various positions each with their own specific roles, such as a wide-attacking midfield, his favoured number 10 role and even a deeper position alongside Toni Kroos in a flat midfield.

The Bayern Munich man has certainly felt Ozil’s presence and involvement on the field as he told the press of his importance in the German set-up.

“He [Ozil] is a footballer who can play in various positions and he has the qualities to perform highly in all of them. He is very important for us.” Kroos said, quoted by the Spanish newspaper AS.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will certainly be hoping that his player takes confidence from his World Cup campaign and transform that onto the field at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil made 40 appearances for the club last season, though despite a strong start, many felt his performance levels dropped greatly since the turn of the year and he will be keen to put that right during the 2014/15 campaign.

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