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Red-hot Ozil now a leader for Arsenal, says Wenger

By Staff Reporter

Published 01/01/2016

Red hot: Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil
Red hot: Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Mesut Ozil as the "complete athlete" and praised the German's new-found leadership qualities.

The outstanding form shown by Ozil has been the catalyst to the Gunners' climb to the top of the Premier League table ahead of hosting Newcastle tomorrow as they continue their search of a first title in 12 years.

The 27-year-old club-record signing has been immaculate in recent weeks and has already notched up 16 assists in the league this season.

The latest came in Monday's 2-0 win over Bournemouth, with Ozil then adding the second goal.

With the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla sidelined, and Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey only just back from injury, Ozil has shouldered a lot of the creative responsibilities for the Gunners and Wenger feels the former Real Madrid man has developed as a result.

"When he was injured for a long period he worked very hard physically," Wenger said of Ozil.

"He is a complete athlete. I also believe he has grown in stature and takes responsibilities, leadership in the team and on that front he has improved tremendously and looks determined to lead the team compared to when he arrived.

"I think he plays in a position that suits him well. He plays in a style of football that suits him well.

"This season he has not been stopped by injuries and I believe that he arrives at an age - 27 - that you think 'it's time for me to really be efficient in every single game, and I want to enjoy every single game'."

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