Arsenal bounced back from last weekend’s draw against Middlesbrough with a 4-1 thumping of Sunderland in the Premier League yesterday.
Ozil has his first Premier League assist of the season but Arsene Wenger has shockingly submitted that Ozil’s lack of versatility always presents him with a selection headache.
The German international has been in blistering form this term, scoring six goals in all competitions, all coming from his preferred playing position.
Alexis Sanchez has impressed in the absence of Oliver Giroud, with the Chilean adapting manfully to the demands of a central striking role, but Wenger admits he might have to shunt him back to the wing due to Ozil’s inflexibility.
‘They are completely different, but they can as well play together,’ he said. ‘[If Giroud starts] I have to move Alexis out as I always have that problem with Ozil being behind the striker, he cannot move much deeper.
‘As [if you are] much deeper, you need defensively to work. So one [striker] would have to move wide. And if you move one of them wide, it can only be Alexis.
‘[Alexis and Giroud] are two top players. It is not a bad option – it is a good option to have. To leave quality players out is tough. But the toughest thing is not to have quality players.’