Pires believes the German has what it takes to turn things around.
It’s been a relatively difficult first season at Arsenal for Mesut Ozil since a club record £42.5m transfer from Real Madrid on September 3 2013.
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The German started brilliantly in England, but since then has dropped in form and has become something of a scapegoat for the Gunners’ poor results in recent times.
Ozil is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and therefore can not be blamed for the 6-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea last weekend, or Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City and club legend Robert Pires thinks the 25-year-old will rediscover his form at the Emirates Stadium.
“Mesut is a very good player,” the Frenchman was quoted by the Mirror.
“For Mesut, it is very difficult. The tempo is not the same. He was like me. I remember the first season was terrible.”
Pires spent six years in north London between 2000 and 2006, winning two league titles and three FA Cups and also being a vital part of ‘the Invincibles’ team of 2003/04.
Yet as the 40-year-old admits he found adapting to English football difficult to begin with and Ozil’s price-tag is what is weighing heavily on the playmaker’s shoulders.
In fact the Germany international’s statistics of six goals and 13 assists in 35 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side is hardly awful in any case.
A lot of hope was pinned on Ozil by the club’s supporters when the attacking midfielder made the switch from the Spanish capital and perhaps some time away from the pressure pot will do him good.
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