Sead Kolasinac admits Mesut Ozil is ‘unhappy’ with his current situation at Arsenal, though says the midfielder is working hard to regain his first-team place and insists Ozil can ‘really help’ the side.
Ozil has started just three fixtures in all competitions so far this season, manager Unai Emery seemingly marginalising the German in the opening weeks of the campaign.
The 31-year-old was however restored to the starting XI for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie at Liverpool and produced an impressive performance, playing a role in three goals during a thrilling 5-5 draw before being substituted just after the hour.
Ozil’s performance has led to calls for the playmaker to be restored as a first-team regular, and Arsenal teammate Kolasinac has backed the former Real Madrid star to make an impact should he regain favour.
“Mesut is a really driven player,” Kolasinac told Premier League Productions.
“He is a bit unhappy at the minute but you would never see that in his training. He is doing everything he can. He is doing extra sessions to make sure he is at the level he needs to be.”
“Mesut is Mesut. He has got a lot of special qualities,” the Bosnian added.
“For example, the opposing team might put two players on him rather than one – which creates a lot of space for others. That makes a real difference on the pitch and in the game.
“Everyone knows the quality he has, we have seen it. He is one of the top players in Europe and I think he can achieve a lot and really help the team further when he’s back.”