Per Mertesacker has sent out a warning to the rest of the Premier League. He believes Mesut Ozil can still make huge improvements to his game.
The ace has shone in an Arsenal shirt in recent weeks with the now club eyeing a semi-final spot in the Europa League.
Ozil put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with Arsene Wenger’s side in February, turning down reported offers from Manchester United and Barcelona in the process.
The 29 year-old, who was given a rest for Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Southampton is expected to start in Russia on Thursday for the Gunners’ Europa League second leg tie.
Ozil bagged three assists as Arsenal dismantled CSKA Moscow 4-1 at the Emirates in the first-leg. And despite Arsenal’s poor domestic form, the German has still claimed a respectable four goals and eight assists this season.
His captain Mertesacker believes his compatriot and fellow World Cup winner can still get better.
“Often it’s Mesut who is the creator and on Thursday (against CSKA) he showed how lethal he can be in the final third,” said the Arsenal skipper (via Football.london).
“He has that eye, that vision. It’s up to us to put him into the best possible position to be able to have maximum influence.
“We have to give him that platform in every match and Thursday was an example of why.
“It’s not just Mesut’s creativity that benefits us though, he’s also a threat when he penetrates the box and he came close to scoring in the first half too. It’s good to have that variety.”
Mertesacker added: “There’s still more to come from Mesut, as I’ve always said.
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