Wenger: No limit to Ozil's game – but he must score more

The French manager says there is always a feeling that the attacking midfielder can do more for Arsenal as the uncertainty over his future continues

Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil should score more goals for Arsenal in order to fulfil his potential.

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The Germany international is already having his most successful season in terms of goals in a Gunners jersey, having scored nine times in 23 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League.

Ozil’s contract expires in June 2018, but his future remains uncertain after he confirmed he wants Wenger, who will be out of contract at the end of this season, to clarify whether or not he will remain at the Emirates Stadium.

Regardless of his desire to stay in the long-term, though, Wenger wants to see more from Ozil on the field, insisting he is not living up to his true talent. 

“I think what you want of him is to score goals,” Wenger told reporters.

“We all feel certainly that there is still a gap there between what he can do. He is moving in the right way but always, from such a talent, you are maybe a little bit unjust because you always want more.

“You feel there is no limitation in his game and so you always say: ‘come on give us more’ because you always have feeling he can do more.

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“We are all human beings who can improve every day. The problem is that we have to first realise if we want more, how we get more and then after, do it.”

Wenger rejected the idea of Ozil’s future hinging on that of his own, stating that “there are many other ingridients that play a role”, while he also revealed Santi Cazorla could be missing for another 10 weeks.

Arsenal currently sit eight points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League, and visit Swansea on Saturday.

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