Wenger has no regrets on Ozil price
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he would happily pay out another £42million to sign Mesut Ozil again tomorrow.
The German playmaker - the club record transfer when joining from Real Madrid on deadline day in September 2013 - has come under fire once more following a couple of uninspiring displays after a delayed return to action from the World Cup.
Wenger, though, rejected constant criticism of the 25-year-old, who was singled out by some pundits in the wake of Tuesday night's 2-0 Champions League defeat away to Borussia Dortmund.
"I would pay them (the) money again, of course," said Wenger, who takes his side to Aston Villa on Saturday.
"Of course I feel that responsibility (to get the best out of a player), exactly the same for a player who cost £1. When I see a talent, for any player, I think 'how can I get the best out of him?', that is not linked with price.
"(But) you expect the team to play well and not to put the responsibility on any one player to be a magician, that does not exist any more in the modern game.
"It is just a fashion that everyone has a word to say about him (Ozil), but watch a game and you will see how many balls he lost and how many balls other players lost."
Wenger maintains supporters should not worry about how to utilise the talents of Ozil, who will continue to have a free role within his side.
"He is a confident boy. This guy has played for the German national team and won the World Cup playing wide and nobody found a word to say," the Arsenal boss said.
"He has been criticised during the World Cup and still played well and he was always in every single team.
"You have all this debate and you have to think: is this debate right or wrong?"
Wenger continued: "Zidane went to Real Madrid and he played on the left, there was never a debate and he had to play there, because in the middle they had Raul and Ronaldo, he made room and played on the left.
"When you have the ball you play where you want and go where you want.
"It is a debate as old as since we played football.
"When you look at the Brazil team in 1970 they had Tostao, Rivelino, Pele, Jairzinho, Gerson, Clodoaldo - they played all number 10 in their club. They didn't know what to do, so they put them all together and they won the World Cup in a convincing way."
There have been suggestions Wenger could be better served deploying Ozil in his supposed preferred central role just off the main striker.
The Arsenal manager, though, feels he has plenty of players who would like the same.
"What is Wilshere but basically a number 10? He played his whole life at number 10," Wenger said.
"Somebody had to go out there. Is it Wilshere, Ozil, Ramsey and nobody is really natural out wide? So you keep good players out or you try to get them together."
"The main man is the one with the ball. The others have to give him solutions to play.
"Subconsciously, every team will go through where its strong points are."