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Ozil can get even better – Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil has improved his overall game but has the ability to score more goals.

Ozil has been a key creative player for the Gunners but Wenger believes the German works harder than he is given credit for.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning, Wenger explained: “He is of course a huge player with all the ability.

“I believe he has improved his commitment and works much harder than people think he does.

“As well this season he has scored more goals, and personally I believe as well that he creates more chances for himself than ever before.

“But I still think there’s a gap between his potential finishing and the way he finishes. In training he finishes much better than he does in the games.

“I’m convinced his percentage of finishing will go up in the coming months and that he can have a huge contribution to the team, not only with his passing but also his finishing.

“He works hard but in one or two games this season, especially when he was frustrated – the one that comes to mind was the Man City game, where he was criticised after – but overall his contribution has been fantastic.”

Speculation continues over the future of Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with none having yet agreed a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

They have each been linked with potential moves – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this week described reports he wants to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain as “nonsense”.

Wenger said: “We are going to face a lot of wrong (media) information. We have to live with that, but we cannot influence that.”