ARSENAL midfielder Mesut Ozil is determined to prove he is bigger and better than ever before.

The German World Cup winner will make his first start following three months out with a knee injury in tomorrow's FA Cup clash at Brighton.

Ozil has spent his time on the sidelines sweating in the gym, bulking up his upper body strength.

And boss Arsene Wenger is backing the £42million ace to show his new power as his comeback continues.

Wenger said: "He has taken to the fact that he wants to be stronger. He has worked hard.

"You have more time to focus on it. Every day he is in the gym and he can work on it and, as well, you don't have the fatigue of the games.

"And it's better when you look in the mirror! He is fit, has worked very hard and now it is down to him playing games."

Yet Wenger insists super-toned Ozil must use his new found strength wisely when he takes to the pitch at the Amex Stadium.

He added: "It is not only down to pure strength when you play football, it is down to when to switch your strength on and the timing of your switch on. It is about giving a little push with the elbow.

"I know players like Claude Makelele, for instance, were not monsters.

"But when he went for a challenge he had the technique to use his strength in a very efficient way. It is a technique more than a power.

"A guy who spends a bit of time in the gym kills his co-ordination and becomes more rigid. Winning a challenge is down to flexibility and co-ordination, switching on all the muscles on at the same, right, time. That is not down to lifting weights."

Wenger must decide where to utilise Ozil, with an abundance of attacking talent in the form of talisman Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla all fighting for spots.

He said: "I see him behind the striker or on the flank where he doesn't like to play. In our team anyway it is very flexible, when you play on the flank, to move inside.

"Usually we have one player who is a raw winger and one player who is more midfielder player out there. Until now it was Santi many times.

"But Ozil is a fantastic player. He will come back very strong and we are in a position where we have the luxury to have him back and where we have some players who are completely fresh and rested.

"I have to use them at the right moment."



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