Wenger at a loss of words to describe Ozil following latest Arsenal masterclass
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger admitted he was at at loss of words to described Mesut Ozil’s sensational form.
The Arsenal playmaker delivered another masterclass on Monday evening as the Gunners bounced back from their 4-0 humbling at Southampton to beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Emirates Stadium.
It lifted Wenger’s team to the top of the Premier League table, with rivals Leicester and Manchester City due to play at the Kingpower Stadium on Tuesday night.
Ozil was majestic against Bournemouth as he followed up his 16th Premier League assist of the season for Gabriel’s opener with his fifth goal of the campaign to double Arsenal’s advantage and secure the win.
“It’s difficult to find the words for Ozil’s form,” said Wenger at his post-match media conference. “His workrate is sensational and he’s a sensational player.
“Mesut was the focal point of our team because we had a new midfield today and he gives reassurance with his technical security and ability. When we had problems in the first part of the game it went always through him and it gives you confidence and security.
“I have seen a few good games from Ozil but what is important is that he convinces everybody that he is not only a talented player but a player that is always willing to work for the team and work hard. He has added scoring goals to his assists and overall he is a complete player.”
Asked if Ozil is the best player in the Premier League, Wenger said: “Look at the numbers and assists and they speak for him.
“I have not seen many of that quality but I was quite lucky in my career. For me I don’t like to compare players and he is an exceptional player. I think you have to give me credit that I defended that point of view even when you were sceptical about it.”
The Arsenal manager sees similarities in Ozil and Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.
He explained: “Bergkamp was more of a goalscorer and Mesut was more of an assist [player] but now he becomes more of a goalscorer. They are really comparable.
“He is somebody whose song is always the right tone and that is something that is very difficult to achieve in the game because on the pitch the decisions you have to make are so quick and to get that always right is not easy.”