Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker feels midfielder Mesut Ozil will see more success at Arsenal and expects him to be more consistent next year.

The German playmaker joined Arsene Wenger’s side as a record-signing on transfer deadline day last summer, joining from Real Madrid, and was a huge success in his first six months at the Emirates Stadium.

Topping the charts for the most assists for the team this year, the 25-year-old played a key role in the Gunners’ domination over the league table until January, having played more key passes than any other team-mate.

But his form saw a dip in the new year and after a hamstring injury that kept him out for a month, the player returned to action during Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Hull City last weekend. But Mertesacker believes that Ozil will come out as a better adapted player next season and said that he has what it takes to succeed at the north London club.


“It's very important to understand the differences between the leagues”, the German defender told Arsenal’s site.

"Mesut came from La Liga and it's quite difficult to play there. I think he has adapted well but there is more to come from him. I think the second season will be much better for him because he's a fantastic player.

"He has shown some great skills but he needs to be more consistent, which makes a difference at the end.

"Sometimes it's good to get criticism with the negative points, if you are intelligent enough, and he is an intelligent footballer. I think he will sort that problem out”, the 29-year-old added.

Ozil, who has scored four goals and has nine assists to his name in 23 Premier League appearances, will be hoping to get back to form as Arsenal, currently fourth in the table, one point ahead of Everton, look to secure a spot in the Champions League next year.

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