Arsene Wenger has said that Mesut Ozil showed that “he can fight” after he impressed in Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield on Wednesday.
While Arsenal took an early lead, they struggled for precision before taking full control in the final quarter of the game. It was Ozil who dominated in the later stages of the game and ended the night with two assists and a goal of his own.
Speaking after the game Wenger said of Ozil, “Nobody has to convince us he’s a great football player. Everybody knows in the stadium he’s a great football player, but at the moment as well he shows he can fight. Our job is to encourage people to fight, but I think he always covered the distances in games, but he’s at an age where he’s more mature and understands what is more important and what is less important. Everybody wants to be acknowledged for his quality, and the judgements are sometimes harsh in a footballer’s job. But overall I believe the majority of people here love him, and always loved him.”
Wenger added that Ozil always wants the ball and never hides away.
While it was a comfortable win for the Gunners it wasn’t all good news as Wenger confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will absent from Saturday’s match with Manchester United after suffering a groin injury in Wednesday’s game.
Lacazette gave Arsenal the lead but was substituted at half time for Olivier Giroud. After the match Wenger confirmed that Lacazette had an injury and said that he “might be out for a while”.
As a result, Giroud is likely to take on more responsibility in tomorrow’s match. He made an impact on Wednesday scoring Arsenal’s second and fifth goals of the night.