Koscielny issues Mesut Ozil warning ahead of Liverpool showdown

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ARSENAL defender Laurent Koscielny says team-mate Mesut Ozil is “unstoppable” when he is in the form he showed against Leicester last week, but says he must play like that more consistently.

The German was instrumental as Unai Emery’s men came from a goal down to beat the Foxes 3-1 at the Emirates.

After equalising with a deft finish just before half-time, the former Real Madrid man took things up a level in the second half to help put Claude Puel’s team to the sword.

Ozil provided the decisive pass for the second goal before assisting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a brilliant final goal.

But in the next game, a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, the forward was far less effective, so much so that Emery felt the need to substitute him.

Ozil, the Gunners’ highest paid player, reacted in frustration to that decision, throwing his captain’s armband to the floor.

And this lack of consistency has been a problem for the playmaker in recent years, leading to criticism from pundits and fans alike.

And Koscielny, who is recovering from a serious Achilles injury he suffered in May, says that while Ozil is a great player, he needs to step up for the team more often.

“Mesut’s deserved all the plaudits he got after his performance against the Foxes,” Koscielny said.

“He was incredible. His goal bailed us out before the break and then his pass for Hector on our second goal is the best ball you will see all season.

“And he added an assist for Auba after a great dummy and understanding with [Alexandre] Laca[zette].

“When Mesut is in this form, he is unstoppable and makes us win. He has extraordinary qualities.

“There are not many players like him in the world right now capable of producing a pass the like for Hector, beating four opposition players with just one ball.

“His display on that night will stay in people’s minds for a very long time. It is a case of ‘I was there when Ozil had that performance against Leicester.’

“However, he needs to be at this level as much as possible this season. Great players are the ones playing at their best the whole season.”

Arsenal are unbeaten in 13 matches in all competitions, winning 12 of them, but face a stiff test this weekend with Liverpool making the trip to north London.

The Reds sit joint top of the Premier League and are themselves unbeaten in the competition.

All eyes will once again be on Ozil who has been criticised for not showing up in the ‘big’ matches.

Meanwhile, club captain Koscielny is continuing his rehabilitation from injury and recently rejoined first-team training ahead of a possible return to action next month.

“I am continuing my recovery and I am getting closer to a return,” he said.

“I don’t want to rush anything but it is a great feeling to take part in training sessions with the squad again.”

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