Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger explains what makes Mesut Ozil special

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hails Germany international playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Mesut Ozil may have won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil earlier this month and is widely regarded as one of the best playmakers in the world, but the Arsenal star still comes under criticisms whenever he has an average game.

The Germany international has played two competitive matches for the Gunners so far this season, and he is already coming under pressure.

Ozil started the 2013-14 season brilliantly, but faded in the second half of the campaign as fatigue and injuries took their toll.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistTotal Att AssistAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 5 9 76 26 2,149

This term, much is expected of the 25-year-old former Real Madrid star, who cost Arsenal £42.5 million last summer, and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger believes that criticisms thrown at him are way off the mark and underlines his qualities.

‘Everything he does is intelligent’, the club’s official website quotes the Frenchman as saying. ‘The timing of everything he does is absolutely perfect. You never catch him giving the ball too late.

‘The number of players you catch giving the ball too late is unbelievable. You never get that with Ozil. The timing, he’s like a guy who plays the music, the timing of what he does is perfect, you don’t get many players like that’.

Ozil is indeed one of the best players in the world and has provided more assists than anyone else other than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi since August 2010 in the major European leagues.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring exploits at Madrid from 2010 until 2013 were aided by Ozil’s through-balls and intelligent passes - and with a quick and powerful Alexis Sanchez in front of him at Arsenal, the German could end up as the top assist-provider in the Premier League this season.

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