Koscielny on Mesut Ozil: The Arsenal defender has issued a warning for Mesut Ozil ahead of the game against Liverpool.
Arsenal have been in fine form this season. After a poor start to their league campaign, Arsenal made a remarkable turnaround and are on 8-game unbeaten run in the Englsh top flight, which include 7 wins.
Unai Emery’s side has not lost conceded a loss in their last 12 games across all competitions. However, Arsenal face a tough test this weekend as the side faces Liverpool in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is 2nd in the league, but level on points with leaders Manchester City. Liverpool are unbeaten in the league, and will aim to maintain their record as they travel to the Emirates.
Mesut Ozil was terrific for Arsenal in the game against Leicester City two weeks ago, but looked a shadow of himself in the last weekend’s game against Crystal Palace, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Laurent Koscielny, the defender who is currently recovering from the Achilles injury, has now talked about Ozil’s form.
Laurent Koscielny on Mesut Ozil:
Laurent Koscielny stated that Mesut Ozil is an amazing player and was influential in the game against Leicester City.
“Mesut’s deserved all the plaudits he got after his performance against the Foxes,” Koscielny said.
Koscielny: “The three goals against Leicester showed Arsenal’s DNA too. We had that philosophy under Arsene Wenger and we still have it under Unai Emery. Playing forward with a lot of movement, quick transitions and sharp passing, this is us, this is Arsenal.” pic.twitter.com/MWffbClqSC
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“He was incredible. His goal bailed us out before the break and then his pass for Hector on our second goal is the best ball you will see all season.
“And he added an assist for Auba after a great dummy and understanding with [Alexandre] Laca[zette].”
Koscielny believes that Mesut Ozil is ‘unstoppable’ when he is in form, and there aren’t many players who could play the way he does.
“When Mesut is in this form, he is unstoppable and makes us win. He has extraordinary qualities.
The timing of the run. The first touch. The lob over the keeper. The dummy so clever it left two defenders on the floor. The finish. The limbs in the away end. The last-gasp winner.
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“There are not many players like him in the world right now capable of producing a pass the like for Hector, beating four opposition players with just one ball. His display on that night will stay in people’s minds for a very long time. It is a case of ‘I was there when Ozil had that performance against Leicester.”
However, Koscielny insisted that Ozil needs to put forward similar performances and focus on consistency, which is the ultimate mark for a great player.
“However, he needs to be at this level as much as possible this season. Great players are the ones playing at their best the whole season.”