German has been missing for Gunners’ recent fine form and could yet be on his way out in January window
ARSENE WENGER says Mesut Ozil is still world class.
And the Arsenal boss reminded the midfielder’s doubters the Gunners won nine games out of ten with him in the team last season.
Ozil has been restricted to just seven minutes of football in the last five weeks due to a slight knee inflammation.
In his absence Arsenal have claimed a battling draw away to champions Chelsea and won their other five games, conceding just three goals.
The improvement in results has led many to conclude that Wenger’s men no longer need their £42.5million star who has often been accused of going missing when the going gets tough.
Former Highbury hardman Martin Keown recently claimed: “I think Ozil is testing Wenger more than any other player because he can’t trust him anymore.
“Psychologically and mentally, I think he has left the club. He has effectively downed tools. I don’t think Arsene wants that sort of player around the youngsters in the group and maybe he is trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him.”
Wenger refuses to reveal if he has had any offers for Ozil, who celebrates his 29th birthday tomorrow and is in the final year of his £150,000-a-week deal.
But the manager has no doubts about his highest-paid player as Ozil finally prepares to return to action at Watford this evening.
He said: “You need players who have quality and Ozil is one of the best players in the world.
“It’s true that we have done well recently but last season we won nine of our last ten games with Mesut in the side.
“In that run we beat Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final and Chelsea in the final. So you can always find the example to support your argument.
“Mesut has been back in training for only a week. He has joined in since Monday and he will come back.”
Ozil’s agent this week claimed the player wants to spend another two to three years in the Premier League and it is believed he is now having second thoughts about leaving the Emirates next summer.
Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Petr Cech complete workout in the gym, prior to their Premier League fixture with Watford