Mesut Ozil's master class against Bayern Munich showed exactly why he needs to start more games next season.
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Win against Bayern highlights why Emery should consistently start star player

CARSON, CA – JULY 17: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Arsenal and FC Bayern Munich at Dignity Health Sports Park on July 17, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

One of the biggest talking points for everybody after an Arsenal game is the performance Mesut Ozil. The German often divides opinions but his quality on the pitch can never be questioned. Ozil started just 20 games in the Premier League last season under Unai Emery which is nowhere near enough for a player of his quality.

In the pre-season win over German champions Bayern Munich, the 30-year-old started in his preferred number 10 role and dictated the game for almost all of the first half. Ozil was given the freedom to drop deep when required to pick up the ball and initiate attacks, something he wasn’t seen doing last season.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – MAY 9: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates his goal with Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Valencia CF and Arsenal at Estadio Mestalla on May 9, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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The former Real Madrid superstar was often deployed on the wings or in an unconventional attacking midfield position where he wasn’t given the positional freedom that he thrives in. Ozil’s game completely revolves around his ability on the ball and the spaces he occupies to make himself available for a pass which is vital for Arsenal’s attacking style of play.

The Gunners have struggled over the years without a clinical goalscorer upfront but they now boast of two world-class strikers who get the job done more often than not. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette’s chemistry on the off the pitch has been evident over the last 18 months and with Ozil’s brilliant ability to set one of the two through on goal, Arsenal can be confident of exceeding their expected goals next season.

Unai Emery has to adapt his system to favour the German next season and that will only be a positive for the Gunners. His incredible vision and outstanding quality on the ball will allow him to create a ton of chances which will benefit the club both in the Premier League as well as in Europe.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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