Arsene Wenger: Mesut Ozil boosting us
Arsene Wenger believes newly-recruited playmaker Mesut Ozil can get better still for Arsenal as the club moved top of table following their 3-1 victory over Stoke City.
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Wenger's men scored three goals from set-pieces, with Ozil playing a key role in each strike. The performance left Wenger to suggest that the former Real Madrid midfielder can prove the difference as his side press for the Premier League title.
"He gave a lift to everyone at the club," Wenger is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror. "He will be the point of our team work, team play.
"He will get better when he fully integrates into the pace of the game. It is not just him, the whole team. We look solid. My job here is to make everyone happy, hopefully they are happy at the moment.
"When you play against Stoke you don't expect to score from three set-pieces, it shows how important [Ozil's] delivery is.
"He's a player, when you look at his numbers, the assists are not a coincidence, they are a reality of his game. He is a great player.
"Football is football, good players make good passes, bad players make bad passes. Same in England. He has good pace as well, he plays a lot focusing on passing but he can create.
"We are in position (at the top) where we can focus on improvement in a stable environment. Mathematically everyone is together in the table.
"But it pleases me that we showed another aspect, we can dig deep and fight when we are under pressure. The third goal kept the result. It's been a positive, good week for us. We won in Marseille, won against Sunderland and won today."