Bould: This Midfielder Is ‘Head and Shoulders’ Above Other Gunners


When you look at this Arsenal side today, you find yourself struggling to pick out just one player who has stood out from the rest.

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From the revival of Francis Coquelin to the flicks and tricks of Alexis Sanchez, there are a few players that leave Gunners fans scratching their heads when it comes to picking their player of the season.

However, it seems there are certain members of this Arsenal squad who have already done exactly that, that’s according to Paul Merson anyway.

The Sky pundit revealed on Saturday morning that Steve Bould believes Mesut Ozil is already on another level to his Arsenal teammates.

Standing as assistant manager since 2012, Bould has worked hands-on with the attacking midfielder, who has seemed to face nothing but criticism since arriving at the Emirates in 2013.

But after winning the World Cup last summer, Ozil responded to his many critics by spending more time in the gym working on his physical stability.

That was the first step in reassuring fans that he really does care about this football club, and Wenger didn’t ignore that, after he moved the German back into the centre attacking midfield role.

The midfield maestro has burst back onto the scene after his long-term injury which left him out of action during the early stages of the season.

Since returning in mid-January, he’s bagged himself four goals and just as many assists, which has been key to turning the season around for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Gunners fans have been quick to reward the £42million star, as he collected the Arsenal Player of the Month award for February, picking up more than a third of the votes.

Mesut now looks to be more of a complete player, and it’s exactly that which puts him in the starting line-up week in, week out.

Wenger has found a way to work with a player of his stature, and the impact arrival of Alexis provided a chance to shed some of the limelight away from Ozil.

The midfielder now has a chance to make it two FA Cup medals in two years, and with the outlet of both Alexis and Giroud, he can surely be rubbing his hands together for next weeks semi-final at Wembley.

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