Wenger hails rejuvenated Ozil after 4-0 win over Everton in FA Cup
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger showered praise upon Mesut Ozil after the attacking midfielder drew first blood in the 4-1 FA Cup win over Everton on Saturday. The French boss felt Ozil had “regenerated” from the slump of form he had been experiencing for the last couple of months.
Wenger lauded Ozil for doing the “dirty work” and retaining his focus to re-enter Arsenal’s first-team. The German midfielder has slumped to lethargic form on the field, which had even forced Wenger to criticize his form.
However, the Emirates boss exuberant to have found his best midfielder back to his best form in the FA Cup win that has allowed Arsenal to march into the semifinal of the tournament.
The 25-year-old Germany international made a 42.5 million pound switch from Real Madrid to Arsenal this summer. Ozil kicked off his Arsenal career with a brilliant start, but his form started to fade away around New Year’s Eve.
Ozil, who is Arsenal’s record signing, hadn’t started for Arsenal since missing the penalty against Bayern Munich on at the Emirates on February 19. Arsenal had to endure a 2-0 defeat to in the first-leg of the Champions League against Bayern Munich consequently, but everybody now looks towards the coveted midfielder as the second leg against the German side grows nearer.
Wenger hopes Ozil will retain his good form for the second leg against Bayern Munich which will take place at Allianz Arena on Tuesday. Wenger believes Arsenal’s trip to Munich should be eventful. The Emirates boss believes his side is in good condition to play against the treble winners from last season, who also have the bragging rights for being the current holders of the Champions League trophy.
“What I liked is that physically he looked regenerated, having more power in his runs. As well, what I liked was that he did a lot of what you would call 'dirty work',” Wenger was quoted in the Daily Mail.
“For a player like him, that means he tracked back in the first half, especially on the counter-attack, he came back with long runs and when he behaves like that, of course, you have a better chance to win. It was important for him to take his chance because sometimes he looks for the good pass instead. I hope that will encourage him.”