Wenger explains how Arteta can get the best out of Arsenal man
Arsene Wenger thinks Mikel Arteta needs to give Mesut Ozil more support defensively if he wants to get him in his Arsenal team.
Ozil has not played for the Gunners since March and his future at the club has been in doubt for some time.
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The German is the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history and the fact he has been ostracised has been something of a mystery.
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He played in every Premier League game under Mikel Arteta until the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic – and has not featured for Arsenal since.
Speaking to Der Spiegel, Wenger said: “He wasn’t exactly the one with the greatest discipline on the pitch. And playing the game without the ball wasn’t exactly his forte. But you can deal with that if you put some more defensively minded players by his side. The main thing is to get the balance between attack and defence right.”
Wenger did sound a note of caution though, he added: “Players have lost their technical quality over the past 10 years.
“Athleticism has become more important than technique and decision making. It’s more about physical characteristics and intensity, about explosiveness. And it’s also about being a showman.”