Arsene Wenger has suggested Mesut Ozil's injury has allowed him to rest after a difficult start to the season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil will be back to his old self once he returns from his knee injury.
Ozil struggled at the start of this season but he’s got the backing of his manager, who claims the German will be back to the form he showed last season because his injury has allowed him to have an extended break and rest.
“I think, at Real, he played in a very strong team and he had a very good season with us last year,” Wenger told BeIn Sports.
“But he had the World Cup and came back tired. We will see the best Ozil when he returns.”
The German contingent of Arsenal players at the World Cup last summer were given extra time off as the Premier League season started, but Wenger always maintained his concerns that they would be affected by the physical exertions of the tournament in Brazil.
Arsenal are fortunate they have been able to cope without having Ozil available because central midfield is one of the best and strongest areas of the current Arsenal squad.
The time out has not only allowed Ozil to rest in terms of any burnout feelings after the World Cup, it’s also provided him with a chance to review specific areas of his game where he may feel he has a problem.
He can then fine tune and focus on addressing those weaknesses for his return and there’s every chance he could play a big role for Arsenal over the second half of the season.
The injury has given him a chance to address what Wenger believed was his problem at the start of the season; fatigue, although it’s come in an unfortunate manner with his knee.