Mikel Arteta has pinpointed Mesut Ozil’s importance to Arsenal during his first press conference as the new Gunners boss
Ozil has found himself on the fringes of the Arsenal squad ever since Unai Emery landed at the Emirates last season and has failed to rediscover his old form even under the interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.
Often criticized for his underwhelming performances and a lack of attitude, the Germany international has seemed to be destined for the January departure.
A host of clubs, including Fenerbahce and Inter Milan, have been linked with a move for the 31-year-old playmaker, but Arteta considers Ozil as an integral part of the team.
“He is a massive player for this football club,” said the Spaniard, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
“I worked with him, I know when he ticks, what he can bring to the team. It’s my job to get the best out of him.”
Ozil seems to have enjoyed the change of management at Arsenal and has been quick to express his delight via Twitter.
Arteta could be the right person to help the former Real Madrid man to return to his best and become a protagonist again, which is something the Gunners desperately need at this point.
A torrid start to the Premier League season has seen Arsenal pick up just five wins in 17 rounds of the league fixtures, but they still have plenty of time to cut down a seven-point gap on fourth-placed Chelsea.