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Ozil can improve - Wenger

ESPN staff
November 25, 2013
Mesut Ozil is suffering from a disrupted pre-season, according to Arsene Wenger © Getty Images

Arsene Wenger is not concerned about Mesut Ozil's recent dip in form, but acknowledged that he may be feeling "a bit more pressure" and there is a "lot of room for improvement".

Arsenal's record signing began his career at the Emirates in blistering fashion, with a flurry of assists, but has levelled out a bit in recent games. Wenger says that is a natural consequence of both his adjustment and a disrupted pre-season.

"First of all he is a hugely talented player," Wenger said. "He is just arrived here three months ago and overall did not have the best of preparations for the league. He is a young player, he is 25 years old so of course there is a lot of room for improvement for him.

"We have plenty of players who can take the ball and play you know because he plays in the central part of the pitch the ball goes through him. But we don't put any special responsibility on him. Maybe he feels a bit more pressure to do that. We just want the game to be played like we see it and do not put any special responsibility on him. Everybody in our team can deliver great balls."

Aaron Ramsey meanwhile lauded the input of Ozil in lifting the team.

"He's been great," said Ramsey. "Obviously, having a player of his calibre coming into the team and the way he's settled in has been quite remarkable really. He's chipped in with a few assists and a few goals already this season. He's settled into the team pretty well so we're delighted to have him here and I think you can see that by the way we've been on the pitch."

Meanwhile, Wenger denied that Robert Pires and Thierry Henry are playing any official role at the club as regards coaching, as the Arsenal legends both returned to training with the club recently.

"They like to come back to Arsenal, to practice. When they can join in, they do. They integrate well [with] the spirit of the team. Nothing more than that!

"They have no real target to bring something, they just want to enjoy themselves and keep their fitness. usually they don't practice with the first team. because they come in and work on fitness. It is a little bit less competitive, when we have some room we invite them to play with us but usually they train separately to us.

"At the moment [Henry] is invited just to practice when he can and when he wants. We have a big staff, a very competent one, and we have the right number to support the team to achieve the targets. Thierry is a player, one day certainly it will be different, but at the moment no."

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