Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes midfielder Mesut Ozil has reached the “golden age of a footballer” and must start producing his best in every game.
The 27-year-old has so far scored twice in 12 appearances for the Gunners this season, and Wenger has the Germany international \for his selfless nature and labelled him an “exception talent”.
“Ozil is 27 now. It is the golden age of a football player – 27 to 32 – the age when you know your job,” the Frenchman said.
“When you are under 25, you think you can last forever. Once you get to 27 you realise it is time to capitalise on what you have learned and efficiency takes a little bit over the playing mood.
“You realise suddenly that it is not only important to play, it is important to win as well.
“Mesut is focused on his job. Talent-wise, I think deeply he is a very, very collective player. He is a very respectful guy. If you tell him to do that, he will do it for you.
“Mesut plays in the link between the low midfield and the striker. He is the vital part in that. When he has the ball in the final part of the pitch, he has the most assists.
“Sometimes I think he sacrifices himself for the team, and I think his talent is exceptional.”