Graphic by B/R's Sam Tighe, shows Ozil as Arsenal's No. 11
It is no secret that Mesut Ozil can play anywhere in midfield.
The gifted German, however, is better suited in the final third in this current Arsenal team.
As the graphic above shows, the best place to play the new Arsenal No. 11 is in one of the three attacking midfield positions behind the striker.
Jack Wilshere is a superb midfielder and has done an excellent job in the No. 10 position in the past. However, his future is in the center of midfield alongside the ever improving Aaron Ramsey. For this season, that position may be filled by Mathieu Flamini, but that is where Wilshere will eventually end up.
From the above position, Ozil can drift all over the pitch and wreak absolute havoc. He has been known to play for both Germany and Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid on the right side of midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Last week against Sunderland he played on the left side of the same formation but was allowed the freedom of the pitch. This was mainly successful because of the disciplined performance of Wilshere, who slotted into the holes that Ozil left.
When Santi Cazorla returns from injury he will give his manager a new problem to deal with. The left-footed Spaniard was easily the Gunners' best player last season and made the No. 10 position his own. When Tomas Rosicky returned to the side for the latter part of the season, Cazorla was moved left to accommodate the Czech international.
Cazorla does not possess the pace or power needed to excel on the left, and his game dropped off slightly.
With Ozil in the side, and with the German so fluid in his movement, Wenger now has the opportunity to link Ozil, Cazorla and one from Wilshere, Rosicky or Theo Walcott—not to mention Podolski on the left.
On paper, this could be the most frightening midfield since Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta were in their prime.
European football had better watch out.