Ozil can’t rescue Arsenal on his own: Arteta

LONDON (AFP) – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes the polarising figure of Mesut Ozil can be key in resurrecting the club’s season, but the German star cannot do it on his own.

Ozil, 31, who was recently tipped to be heading for the exit door at the Emirates, was accorded a standing ovation last Sunday by fans despite the 2-1 loss to Chelsea.

“Mesut was very effective against Chelsea. I’m hoping he can sustain that level every three or four days,” said Arteta whose side welcome Manchester United on Thursday (4am Brunei time).

“His numbers physically have improved so much. And he’s willing, that’s what I can tell you. He’s been showing it in training. The structure has to help him to be able to take everything he has inside.

“On his own he cannot do it, he needs the collective and the structure around him and his team-mates. “There’s only one or two players in the world who can do it on their own.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil (L) is tackled by Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Chelsea last Sunday. PHOTO: AP