The Arsenal manager is delighted to see the German midfielder grow into the more rounded attacking player that he always believed that he could become after a landmark hat-trick
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil now has a “taste” for goals after striking a Champions League hat-trick, says manager Arsene Wenger.
Ozil scored three times in the second half as the Premier League giants thrashed Ludogorets 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
It added to the Germany international’s goal against Swansea City and Wenger is thrilled to see him getting on the scoresheet.
“It looks like he gets a taste to score goals because he goes more behind,” he told reporters. “Before, he liked only to come to the ball and provide.
“We want him to be a provider and a scorer and it looks like he’s slowly moving to that better balance.”
Wenger substituted Alexis Sanchez, who was also on the scoresheet, and Santi Cazorla during the second half but the Frenchman played down injury concerns over Alexis, saying: “I just wanted to give him a breather. He looks alright physically.”
As for Cazorla, the Gunners boss noted that the move was precautionary ahead of Saturday’s league match at home against Middlesbrough.
“He got a kick and I took him off as quickly as possible. He got a kick on the back of his Achilles tendon,” Wenge explained. “In my view, he was limping a little bit so I didn’t want to take a gamble.”