Wenger wants more from Ozil

Mesut Ozil celebrates after scoring the third goal for Arsenal in their 3-1 win against Watford on Saturday, the Gunners' first victory of the Premier League season. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "I'm very happy that he scored because that's wh
Mesut Ozil celebrates after scoring the third goal for Arsenal in their 3-1 win against Watford on Saturday, the Gunners' first victory of the Premier League season. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "I'm very happy that he scored because that's what he has to add to his game."PHOTO: REUTERS

German has scored just 21 times for Gunners, but manager exhorts him to add to that tally

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

Ozil, 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 football club since joining them from Real Madrid in 2013 - and Wenger admitted that for a player widely regarded as world-class it is an area where he can still improve.

Asked if Ozil's presence had made a difference for the Gunners, Wenger replied: "Especially in the first half. In the second half he dropped physically. But of course we need him.

"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 because that's what he has to add to his game.

GUNNERS TURN THE CORNER

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.

ARSENE WENGER, Arsenal manager, on getting their first win of the season.

"We paid a heavy price in our first game (the 4-3 defeat by Liverpool) because we were not ready.

"Now Mesut is nearly there, not quite, and he goes again. For us, the (international) break is not welcome.

"To reach our best level will take perhaps two more weeks."

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.

This, then, was just the performance and outcome required before the Gunners head into the international break.

"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.

The imminent arrivals of defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia and striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna, both of whom Wenger confirmed had passed medical examinations, should go a step further towards placating fans who were left frustrated by Arsenal's sluggish start to the season.

"They will integrate into the team now and we will help them," said the manager.

"We had to work very hard to get the signings done. We have not got any plans for anyone else now."

A 57th-minute debut goal from Hornets substitute Roberto Pereyra gave Walter Mazzarri's side hope, yet ultimately it proved in vain as Watford's wait for a maiden win this season continues - placing their manager under scrutiny even at this early stage.

"A lot of players are new so we have to prepare later. The organisational things are still missing and two starting players were out last-minute and this really didn't help," Mazzarri said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2016, with the headline 'Wenger wants more from Ozil'. Print Edition | Subscribe