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Wenger Praises Ozil as Gunners Close in on Fourth
ESPN.co.uk, April 29th, 2014 1:12PM

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Arsene Wenger sang Mesut Ozil’s praises after the Germany international scored one and made one in Arsenal’s 3-0 stroll against Newcastle United on Monday -- a result that brought the Gunners one step closer to securing fourth-place in the Premier League standings and a UEFA Champions League spot for next season. Following a bright start to life in Engalnd, Ozil has come under considerable criticism in his first season with the Gunners, but Wenger said that is normal for a player not used to playing in the Premier League.

"He is getting stronger in every game now, he is refreshed," Wenger said. "It is his first season here over Christmas, he suffered a little bit physically. Now he looks sharp again and refreshed mentally to play. That's why his performance is good. I believe the first season is always adaptable in the Premier League. What he has brought is his fantastic technique, the simplicity of his game, the intelligence of his passing and you look at his numbers, his assists and passes in the final third is very good. We want more goals from him and I think that will come naturally."

Arsenal is now just one win away from securing a place in the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season, as it currently sits four points ahead of fifth-place Everton with two games remaining. Wenger’s men also face Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 17.

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