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Ozil can really get the Gunners firing if he hits top form: Wenger

Arsene Wenger has told Mesut Ozil that he has to improve and fill the gap between his own performances and "what he can do", as wrangling continues over a new contract at Arsenal.

The Gunners boss has been Ozil's biggest fan, after signing him from Real Madrid for £42m in 2013.

But Wenger applied some gentle pressure to his star pupil ahead of today's clash with Swansea, telling the Germany star that now would be the best possible time to make himself more useful to the team, starting by scoring more goals.

"What you want of him is to score goals," Wenger said.

"We all feel certainly that there is still a gap there between what he can do (and his performances). He is moving in the right way but always, from such a talent, you are maybe a little bit unjust because you always want more."

Wenger was not critical of Ozil but said a player that talented should always push himself to get to the top. "You feel there is no limitation in his game, so you always say 'come on give us more'," he explained.

• Leeds United maintained their Premier League promotion push with a 1-0 home win over fellow challengers Derby County last night; Chris Wood netting for Garry Monk's men.

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