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Why 'genius' Mesut Ozil will prove Arsenal doubters wrong - Arsene Wenger

FOOTBALL By Mirror | January 19th 2021
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (R) congratulates Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (C) on scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in London, on October 20, 2015. Arsenal won the match 2-0. [AFP PHOTO, BEN STANSALL]

Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil's hunger to play football again must be "enormous" for him to force through a transfer to Fenerbahce this month.

The 32-year-old has been frozen out at Arsenal this season and looks set to complete his free transfer to the Turkish club in the coming days.

Ozil's representatives have been working on an agreement with Arsenal chiefs so the midfielder could cut short his contract, which was due to end in the summer.

There is plenty of pressure on Ozil now to perform at Fenerbahce, who he has supported since he was a child, and his former boss Arsene Wenger feels everything is in place there for him to be a success.

"I'm sure that he's frustrated at not having played. His hunger must be absolutely [enormous] to play football again," Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 22, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / IMAGES / AFP)

"Mesut is a guy who needs a warm environment and I believe he will find that more than anywhere else in Turkey. Overall, he can provide the balls that the strikers need to win football games. If they do that well, they have a good chance of winning the league.

Ozil's struggles at Arsenal really began when Wenger left the club in 2018.

Up till that point the he had been a regular in the Gunners' side, though his form had started to decline.

Neither Unai Emery nor Mikel Arteta have been able to incorporate Ozil into their side's as question marks over his commitment clouded his final years in north London.

Wenger is in no two minds about the qualities Ozil possesses, though, comparing him to an "orchestra" for the timing of his passes and labelling him a creative "genius".

And he expects his former charge to get up to speed at Fenerbahce sooner rather than later.

"If his basic fitness in training is good, it will only take him three or four games to be at his best," Wenger added.

"The quality that he has is … vision in depth. He sees quickly, he decides quickly and he realises quickly what he sees. That is a quality you don't find too often in our game."

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