Improved others around him

Improved others around him

Names like Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud spring to mind. The counter argument is that Ramsey was well on the way to drastically improving his game last season, and Giroud was bound to improve in his second year with the club. But while that is true, Ozil’s presence has given those around him the confidence to play in the manner that they currently are. Even if he isn’t always directly improving their game, knowing a player of that class is alongside them on the pitch is enough to significantly boost the confidence levels of players like Ramsey, who were clearly bereft of any prior to last year.