Arsenal manager Arteta lauds Ozil and Martinelli.

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

Gunners boss impressed with Mesut Ozil and Gabriel Martinelli.

Mikel Arteta says Mesut Ozil 'needs the right structure and players around him' to produce his best.

The German playmaker, who was frozen out by previous manager Unai Emery, was restored to the Gunners starting XI since Arteta took over the reigns at the Emirates stadium last month.

All in all, Arteta believes Ozil's 'performance has improved a lot' and he has been "unlucky" not to have scored or registered an assist since he returned to the starting line-up.

"The demands that we have to put on him are to make the difference every single game,” Arteta said ahead of their clash against Chelsea as FourFourTwo quoted.

“To do that he needs the right structure and players around him to help him to do that.

“I think he could have had more assists and probably more goals in the games he has played under me which has been a little bit unlucky but overall I think that his performance has improved a lot.”

On Gabriel Martinelli, who replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and broke the deadlock in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday, the former Man City assistant manager said: "His mentality makes a big difference. I don’t know how the process was when he joined and what he did to settle so quickly.

"But I can imagine he has the right people around him for sure, his family and entourage, and I think as well they really look after him and I think the club were very on top of him and positive about everything about him and his teammates were a big help.”