Aug 29, 2016

    Wenger wants more goals from Oezil as pressure mounts


    ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has urged Mesut Oezil to build on his scoring start to the season after admitting the one element the midfielder's game has lacked is goals.

    Oezil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez were on target in the Gunners' 3-1 Premier League win at Watford on Saturday, their first victory of the campaign.

    It was only the Germany international's 21st goal for the North London club since joining them from Real Madrid in 2013. Wenger admitted that for a player widely regarded as world-class, it is an area he can still improve.

    Asked if Oezil's presence had made a difference for the Gunners, he replied: "Especially in the first half. In the second half, he dropped physically.

    "I think what we have seen from him today is what we want from him. To give assists but as well to score goals.

    "So I'm very happy that he scored today because that's what he has to add to his game.

    "We paid a heavy price in our first game (the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool) because we were not ready, we had not the players back at home.

    "Now Mesut is nearly there, not completely, but he just goes again. For us, the break is not welcome."

    The pressure had been on Wenger and his side heading into the weekend after perfect starts from both Manchester clubs had left them playing catch-up.

    "I believe we shot ourselves in the foot in (the) first game and were under huge pressure. We had two difficult away games (against Leicester City and Watford) but today I believe we had a good, solid performance," Wenger said.