By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil added a new quality to his game in Arsenal’s 2-0 Premier League win at Bournemouth on Sunday.
The German playmaker broke the deadlock with an emphatic right-footed volley as the Gunners claimed their first win in five top-flight matches.
It was Ozil’s fourth league goal of the season, which has also been supplemented by 16 assists in the competition, six more than his nearest challenger, Riyad Mahrez.
But Wenger was struck by the attitude of the German at the Vitality Stadium as Arsena secured a much-needed win to climb above Manchester City into third place.
“He has become a very important player,” Wenger said. “He has added a fighting attitude today. It was a top, top, top performance from him today.
“He scored with his right foot which is very interesting for us. If he scores with his right foot he will become even stronger.”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored Arsenal’s second goal with a fine finish as he took advantage of a rare start.
In other Arsenal news, recruitment chief Ben Wrigglesworth has confirmed he has quit Leicester to join Wenger’s backroom staff.