6 Ways in Which Mesut Ozil Can Be a Success at Arsenal

Mr XSenior Writer ISeptember 20, 2013

6 Ways in Which Mesut Ozil Can Be a Success at Arsenal

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    Mesut Ozil is a superstar and is ready to explode for Arsenal and the Premier League. 

    The silken skilled German international of Turkish descent began his career with Schalke 04 in the industrial hub that was Gelsenkirchen in the North of the Ruhr. From there he went from Werder Bremen to Arsenal via a three-season sojourn with Real Madrid.

    Now, aged just 24, the 48-cap star is ready to show the Gunners' fans exactly what kind of player £42.4 million can buy.

    Here, Bleacher Report offers six ways in which Ozil can be a success at Arsenal FC...

Style and Substance

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    Wynton Marsalis once said; "Don't settle for style. Succeed in substance." 

    The famed managing and artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City may have been speaking about excelling in music, but his wise words can be attributed to almost anything—football included.

    Ozil is a law unto himself. When he plays he is almost like a footballing version of Jazz. He is joyous and instinctive on the ball, but that belies a thoroughly intelligent and deliberate approach to the game.

    When Ozil was younger he played in a rough-and-ready pitch called "the monkey cage." This is old news to fans of the 24-year-old, but it gives an idea of his psyche and the fearlessness at which he plays. 

    The German international was raised playing street football behind a 10-foot cage where no quarter was asked or given. His daring style wins fans over easily, but it is the substance he brings behind all the finesse that marks him out as a truly exceptional player. He has it all—style and substanceand now Arsenal have to match him.

    Horst Hrubesch, a European Championship winner with West Germany in 1980, spoke to the Daily Mail on the eve of England's 4-1 annihilation at the hands of Germany in the 2010 World Cup. He told the English paper that Ozil was one of the best players on the planet and that the key to beating Germany was to keep him quiet.

    We in Germany are prone to rave about foreign players

    We praise Wayne Rooney to the heavens, likewise (Cristiano) Ronaldo or Messi. 

    But we have our own Messi. Our Messi is Ozil.

    That was four long years ago. Ozil has improved greatly since, and Arsenal have signed a truly brilliant player.

    All Arsene Wenger has to do to further his recent signings progress is surround him with the very best Arsenal have to offer. Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski are just a few examples of the kind of player that can bring Ozil to the next level.

    Ozil will bring his A-1 game, all Arsene Wenger has to do is back the German's style up with substance and vice versa.

Playing Ozil in the Right Position

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    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.

Give Him a Ball and a Yard of Grass

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    Give him a ball and a yard of grass by The Sultans of Ping

    Give him a ball & a yard of grass
    He'll give you a move with perfect pass
    Give him a ball & a yard of space
    He'll give you a move with godly grace

    He 's a nice young man with a lovely smile

    A man can't have no greater love
    Than give 9O minutes to his friends

    If God meant game to be played up there
    He would've put goal posts in the air
    If God meant game to be played up there
    He would've put goal posts in the air

    If God meant game to be played up high
    He would've built pitches in the sky
    If God meant game to be played up high
    He would've built pitches in the sky (Die!)

    The original quote of "give him a ball and a yard of grass" may have come from Brian Clough when he was talking about John Robertson, and the Sultans of Ping may have written the song about Nigel Clough, but there can be no doubting that the same sentiments apply to Ozil.

    Sometimes football is simple. Give the ball to your best and most dangerous player and something will happen.

    There are few players in world football with the vision that Ozil possesses. The highly creative midfielder has contributed an astonishing 140 assists for club and country. He has also scored a healthy 59 goals.

    In short, when Ozil is on the ball, something happens.


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    "Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee," by Thomas Fuller.

    There is no better manager than Arsene Wenger for placing his trust in a player. Over the years the Frenchman has given his trust to countless young players, and he has been rewarded by them on more than one occasion.

    The current team contains a number of players who owe their careers and development to Le Prof. Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs are just a few from the first team who owe their manager much.

    Wenger not only believes and trusts in his players; he has a fundamental trust and belief in his football philosophy. When you are a player like Ozil and a manager like Wenger comes in to buy you and then offers to make you a vital part in his machine—if you trust him as much as he will trust you—it is intoxicating.

    Ozil has become a top-class professional by trusting in his own ability, as has Wenger. Now the pair are together, and it could be the beginning of something huge if Wenger follows on his convictions and strengthens the team further.

    Wenger will trust Ozil, and it will be reciprocated in spades.

Surround Ozil with Better Players

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    The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal are ready to test Manchester United's resolve with a £30 million bid for Wayne Rooney in January. Rob Draper maintains the Gunners hope that Mesut Ozil's capture will send a message to the England forward that they mean business.

    The chances of United allowing Rooney to join the Arsenal are very slim.

    Even though he is out of contract in 2015, there is little chance he will leave Old Trafford for the Emirates. He is still one of Manchester United's most important players, and they will be loathe to let him leave without at least a substantial contract offer. On top of that, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain would also be in the hunt for Rooney with the added ability of doubling whatever Arsenal have on the table.

    What this story does say, however, is that Arsenal mean business. 

    The Gunners have come through a period of almost 10 years where their best players left without being replaced by a player of the same caliber. Now that the club is on a sound financial footing following the stadium build, they are back in the market—big time.

    Ozil's joining of Arsenal for £42.4 million sent shockwaves around Europe. 

    It means the Gunners now have the money to go after elite players. 

    Wayne Rooney may be the player being mentioned in reports, but one would suspect that Arsenal will be going after a Rooney-type player if not the England man himself.

    "Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way to come back a short distance correctly," Edward Albee is quoted as having once said.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning legend could have been talking about Arsenal's transfer policy.