Wenger Holds Heart-To-Heart Talks With ‘Unsettled’ Star Mesut Ozil
Arsene Wenger has held talks with Mesut Ozil to assure him things are going to get easier, with the player struggling to settle into life in the Premier League
Arsene Wenger has held heart-to-heart talks with Mesut Ozil to assure him things are going to get easier, with Arsenal’s record signing struggling to settle into life in the Premier League, according to the Mirror.
After making an excellent start to his Arsenal career following a £42m deadline day move from Real Madrid in the summer, Ozil’s form has dipped over the last couple of months and he struggled mentally to get over his penalty miss against Bayern Munich.
The 25-year-old was given a couple of weeks off following that Champions League first leg defeat and it looked to have paid off as he was refreshed on his return and put in a superb Man of the Match display against Everton in the FA Cup last weekend.
However, just as it looked like his season was about to turn around, he picked up a hamstring injury during the opening minutes of Tuesday’s second leg against Bayern and is now set for at least a month on the sidelines.
The injury has come as a huge blow to the already fragile German international, with the Mirror claiming that he’s struggled to settle at times in London and has been flying his family over from Germany on a regular basis to try and help him adapt to life in England.
It seems that Arsene Wenger has now stepped in with the newspaper suggesting he’s held talks with the playmaker to assure him he’s still an important part of Arsenal’s future and that he will be able to handle the physical demands of the Premier League much better next season.
Obviously this hamstring injury is a devastating blow to not only Arsenal but the player too. Ozil has the burden of trying to justify a hefty price-tag and will be desperate to show he’s not the ‘flop’ many newspapers are portraying him to be, while he’s also under immense pressure from his homeland with many pundits questioning his place in the German national team.
It’s great to hear that Wenger has held these talks and while there’s no denying Ozil’s form has dipped recently, it’s no coincidence the slump has come just after the turn of the year, as the German ace is accustomed to having a mid-season winter break.
We’ve seen in the past that it can take even the best players a season to adapt to the Premier League, so I’m in no doubt we’ll see Ozil cope far better next year. However, hopefully we’ll have some good news on his injury today and he can return to help us lift the FA Cup at Wembley.
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