Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has sent out a warning to the rest of the Premier League clubs, insisting they should be wary of an improved Mesut Ozil who can only get better.
Ozil who was given the day off on Sunday and watched from the substitutes bench as the Gunners saw off Southampton 3-2 at the Emirates will return to the side on Thursday night in the Europa League as Arsenal look to finish off CSKA Moscow having taken a 4-1 lead to Russia for the second leg of their quarter-final.
Ahead of the second leg, Mertesacker says his World Cup winning
compatriot can still improve, even at the age of 29 and after all he has achieved in his illustrious career.
"Often it’s Mesut who is the creator and on Thursday (against CSKA) he showed how lethal he can be in the final third.
"He has that eye, that vision. It’s up to us to put him into
the best possible position to be able to have maximum influence. We have to give him that platform in every match and Thursday was an example of why.
"It’s not just Mesut’s creativity that benefits us though, he’s also a threat when he penetrates the box and he came close to scoring in the first half too. It’s good to have that variety.
"There’s still more to come from Mesut, as I’ve always said. There is so much potential there be he still has more to give. He was heavily involved in all four goal
against CSKA and we need him to be as valuable as that in every single game." Mertesacker said as quoted by Football London
Ozil was the star of the show in the first leg, despite Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette both helping themselves to a couple of goals. Ozil was the creator in chief, setting up three of the goals and having a big part to play in the other as Moscow were
put to the sword in north London.
Musa's CSKA Moscow struggled to deal with Arsenal’s two midfielder’s all evening and Mertesacker was full of praise for how the duo performed.