Speaking to BeIN Sports, Arsène Wenger discussed the World Cup performances of Arsenal attacking midfielder Mesut Özil.
“I know Özil well, he is a fantastic, exceptional footballer but him and Gündogan suffered from what happened before the World Cup (Erdogan business). They have been vindicated in Germany. Özil is a guy who needs support, he doesn’t need controversy. When I watched him play, I could feel that there were situations in the game where he could have moved forward, progressed more vertical. He played security. I always was thinking come on, that’s not the real Özil I know, the guy who can kill. He did play alright, but I think he didn’t play with the complete freedom, he played a little bit with the handbrake at this World Cup.”