Arsenal midfielder Coquelin working hard to take away Ozil's 'defensive duties'

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has stated that he has been working hard to reduce the defensive duties of the teams attacking stars including Mesut Özil.

“If I can take away 10% of their [Santi Cazorla, Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez] defensive duties then they can have 10% more to attack and score goals and win us the game and I’m delighted,” Coquelin told the Guardian.

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Coquelin has been full of praise for Özil recently, the France U21 international underlined that the addition of the World Cup winner has made the club a more attractive destination for the worlds best players.

“And Mesut was a turning point. The very top players want to come to Arsenal because they can see the team is strong,” he added.

Özil has been in good form since the turn of the year, winning two Vitality Team of the Month and one PFA Fans Player of the Month awards.

The North London based club are unbeaten in 16 out of the last 20 games in which the World Cup winner has featured since returning from injury.

Özil joined Arsenal on a club record £42.5 million transfer from Real Madrid in 2013.

The Gunners are currently in third place but will join Manchester City on 73 points with a win against Manchester United on the weekend.