Per Mertesacker sends a message to ‘genius’ former Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil smiles on the bench before Arsenal's game against Spurs
was left on the bench for Arsenal’s north London derby conflict in opposition to Spurs (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal academy supervisor has labelled his former teammate Mesut Ozil a ‘genius’ however insisted it’s up to him to take his recreation to one other degree.

Ozil hasn’t featured for Unai Emery this season, lacking the opening recreation in opposition to Newcastle due to considerations over his safety, earlier than sickness dominated him out in opposition to Burnley and Liverpool.

The 30-year-old was included in Arsenal’s matchday squad for the north London derby however failed to come on as Emery turned to fellow playmaker Dani Ceballos off the substitutes bench as an alternative.

Ozil has proven flashes of his undoubted high quality throughout his six-year spell with Arsenal however he has been accused by supporters of not being constant sufficient along with his type.

Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil in Arsenal training at London Colney in 2017
Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil have been Arsenal and Germany teammates (Picture: Getty)

Asked whether or not he understands Arsenal followers frustrations with Ozil, Mertesacker replied: ‘Yeah because probably they don’t perceive him.



‘I understand how to take him and the way to strive to pinch him when wanted. But in the end it has to come from him if he desires to go to the subsequent degree. But he can ship.

‘He loves playing , it doesn’t come throughout so usually. He is a genius by way of what he can produce with the ball and you may see that in each coaching session.

‘He thinks he plays in the park, he can deliver that ball that no one else can deliver. He has got that magical sense.’

Ozil was a digital ever-present throughout Arsene Wenger’s time in cost however he discovered himself out and in of Emery’s plans through the Spaniard’s debut marketing campaign in cost.

Emery regularly benched Ozil final time period and he solely managed 5 objectives and two assists from 24 Premier League matches, the latter statistic representing his worst return in English soccer.

Mertesacker was a long-term teammate of Ozil’s each for Arsenal and at worldwide degree with Germany and he admitted that it took him time to perceive his character.

Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil celebrate with the World Cup trophy in 2014
Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil have been within the Germany squad that gained the 2014 World Cup (Picture: Getty)

He added: ‘He wants to be OK with everyone. He is not the kind of guy who approaches people and says: ‘You need to do this, that and that.’



‘He’s a completely different character and generally I struggled with that.’



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