Wenger: Ozil Will Get Better and Launch Arsenal into Title Challenge

Arsene Wenger reckons Mesut Ozil can get even better – and help Arsenal to be a genuine title challenge.

Record signing Ozil provided two more assists and played a part in Arsenal’s other goal as Wenger’s men stormed back to the top of the Premier League table.

It leaves Wenger convinced that they can maintain their push for the Premier League while he also believes there is more to come from Ozil when he adapts to the pace of the English game.

Wenger said: “He gave a lift to everyone at the club. 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.”

Wenger’s plans were altered by Theo Walcott aggravating a pelvic muscle in the warm-up which led to Serge Gnabry being promoted to the starting line-up.

There was also a place on the bench for forgotten striker Nicklas Bendtner and Wenger said he could start at West Brom in the Capital One Cup. Wenger said: “Theo’s injury is a bit mysterious. It’s something he had before Marseille but we played him and then he felt it before the game today. I hope it will be a matter of days but we don’t know how long it will be.

“I should have rested Jack Wilshere today, but he played five in a row and was exhausted so that’s why I took him off. Certainly won’t play jack on Wednesday, will of course rotate team.

“I have not decided yet on whether Bendtner will play at West Brom. But he could do, yes.

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