Date: 6th April 2017 at 11:30am
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Mesut Ozil’s work rate was questioned against Manchester City but the German midfielder, who found it hard to ‘recovery mentally’ from the Bayern Munich thrashing, starred against West Ham on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger opened up about the Germans physical and mental problems of late but the Arsenal boss believes his goalscoring performance in the 3-0 win over West Ham, which has revived the Gunners’ Champions League qualification hopes, showed Ozil’s back to his best.

Wenger was quoted by the Standard.

‘I feel that he is back physically. He is focused. I know him quite well. He was hit hard by us going out in the Champions League – it took some time for him to recovery mentally. He has really been focused in training in last few weeks.’

Ozil’s opener for Arsenal was his first goal in almost four months with the German international also providing an assist for Theo Walcott.

With all the contract speculation rumbling on Wenger feels this can be used against Ozil at times – admittedly he’s NOT always produced in the games when it really matters.

However, Wenger said the 28 year old shouldn’t gain the excessive criticism he sometimes gets. Then again in this ‘world of extremes’ the Arsenal boss knows how easy it is to praise then take this away, as well as the quickness this can change.

‘We live in world of extremes. We are always praised too much when it goes well and too much [criticism] when it doesn’t.’

Ian Wright isn’t ever short of a comment or two is he, in fairness he’s paid to do this these day, with him also having comment on Ozil.

The former Arsenal striker said he ‘feels sorry’ for the midfielder. He told Match of the Day, via the Daily Star.

‘He does what he does. It`s his demeanour that upsets people, because he throws his arms up when he loses the ball. When he gets into good positions like last night and the way he picked out Walcott through a crowd of players, that`s what he does.’


‘It`s unfortunate for him because of his languid style, he gets a lot of stick. I feel for him, but I`d still play him because as a forward, I would want him behind me, let him play through all the rubbish.’

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