Per Mertesacker backs Mesut Ozil to shine

The lanky centre back has backed his compatriot to be even better for Arsenal next season and is confident that Ozil will be better than before

The German international had a really good campaign last term for the Gunners in which he helped the London giants retain their FA Cup trophy at the expense of Aston Villa. And Mertasacker, who has had an equally great campaign last term, is confident that his Germany teammate will be even better next season.

The German defender says that Ozil has always been really important for his team and that when fit, the former Real Madrid man can be a huge asset to the team.

“He is one of our key players,”

“Him in good fitness, him at his best – there’s a lot more to come from him and the second part of last season when he came back from injury, you could see how important he is for us as a team with his key passes, being in between the lines and always carrying a threat to the opponent.

“We need to find him and make him better, then he can show his real potential.

“The key will be not to get any injuries or niggles. He’s a good player when he’s fully fit but obviously he needs to gain that little extra, that confidence, to play his best.

“We will see – I’m pretty confident that he has his best and his first full season in front of him.”