Eddie Howe – 'Everybody hopes Ozil catches fire'

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was full of praise for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil on the Sky Sports 1 show Monday Night Football.

“Of course technically he is a very, very good player, he is very creative some great assists and a player of great technical quality, he moves very well,” Howe said.

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Howe also stated that he hopes Özil starts getting his name on the scoresheet more and providing setting up more goals.

“You are always going to be judged on your goals and assists as an attacking player, everybody hopes he catches fire,” he added.

Özil started in the 1-0 defeat against Swansea City at the Emirates stadium on Monday.

The World Cup winner was the best performing attacking based Arsenal player according to Whoscored.

Arsenal have won 16 out of the last 20 games in which Özil has featured since returning from injury.

The 26-year-old has a total of five goals and nine assists in 28 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners this season.

Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League, three points behind second placed Manchester City but the Gunners do have a game in hand.

The North London based club take on fourth placed Manchester United next on Sunday.