Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil Needs To Turn On The Style Against Man United

Mesut Ozil had yet another great game for Arsenal this week as the German helped his side beat Huddersfield Town 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The World Cup winner provided his team with two assists and a goal against The Terriers. That has taken his tally to five Premier League assists and two strikes so far this term.

Ozil’s current Gunners deal runs out in June 2018. It’s almost as if the maestro has rediscovered his best creative form as his contract runs down in the summer. He has certainly been linked with a host of top sides in the last few weeks.

One of those teams has been Manchester United, Arsenal’s opponents this weekend.

Mesut played under United boss Joss Mourinho at Real Madrid and Jose seemed to get the best out of the attacking midfielder. It would make sense for the Portuguese coach to be interested in his former playmaker, as the player possesses the vision and craft that can unlock stern defences.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has came out and explained that his player will put all talk of a possible move to Old Trafford to one side and do his job for the North London club:

“Look, that’s all speculation, you cannot interfere with that,”  

“There’s only one way to show how much you are committed, that’s your attitude on the pitch. And when you see him play, one thing you cannot question is the way he wants to play for the team.”

Whether Mesut Ozil’s upsurge in form is down to a committed outlook or because he wants to attract potential suitors to make lucrative offers in January, doesn’t actually matter as long as he keeps putting in top class performances.

One thing that might put off major European sides from bidding for the creative midfielder’s services could be his form in the bigger occasions.

During Ozil’s Arsenal career the twenty-nine year old has often gone missing. That upsets the fans at the Emirates and it won’t have gone unnoticed when world-class managers have taken a look at him. These bosses demand consistency and that’s still a question mark surrounding the German.

He had a terrible outing against Liverpool earlier in the campaign, as did all the Gunners that played that day, and he did nothing of note against Manchester City.

Although against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, he was superb. He created an assist and importantly he didn’t shirk out of challenges and he went looking for the ball.

It seemed crucial that he was in the same team as Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez in the 2-0 win over Tottenham. They worked well as a fluid, attacking unit. Lacazette offers runs that Ozil can either find with a quality pass or he can run into the space that the French forward has vacated.

In the match up against the Red Devils on Saturday, the hungry Ozil that dismantled Spurs and Huddersfield needs to turn up.

If he can shine for Arsenal against the English top flight’s current second placed outfit, then those interested in him will be more willing to send his agent a contract offer early in the New Year.

In all honesty, the playmaker also owes his current employers and their support a consistent season and a few more strong, high end performances against the Premier League’s best sides.

I can’t wait to see what Mesut Ozil decides to show up on Saturday, will it be the exciting creative force or the ghost that cannot make his presence felt in the important encounters?

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