Wenger backs Ozil to win Player of the Season next year

The Frenchman says his summer signing could return to action this weekend after recovering from a hamstring problem and admits he has endured a “jaded period”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Mesut Ozil to recapture his best form next year and be in contention to be named player of the season.

The Germany international sparkled after arriving from Real Madrid in the summer but came under criticism earlier this year before being sidelined with a hamstring injury picked up against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Wenger revealed that Ozil could return to action this weekend but also admitted he had looked tired during his first season in the Premier League although he is confident the 25-year-old will be back to his best next season.

“Ozil had a jaded period but I will put him on the list to be Player of the Season next season,” he told reporters.

Arsenal manager also insisted his team have progressed this season, pointing to their spells at the top of the table as evidence.

“We have moved forward this season, we were 17 or 18 times top of the league,” he added. “Every game has a big impact so we just prepare massively well… and hope that results go for you

“We want to come out of the season and think we have given absolutely everything.”

Next up for the Gunners is a trip to the KC Stadium to face Hull City, with the two sides also set to face each other in the FA Cup final next month, and Wenger is expecting a tough battle.

“Hull have had a remarkable season and they have done well at home,” he said. “Steve Bruce is one of the remarkable managers of the season. The real job of a manager is to take the best out of the potential of the team.”

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