Jack Wilshere reveals the one difference between Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas

Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas during a game in 2015 (Picture: Getty)
Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas during a game in 2015 (Picture: Getty)

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has identified the one difference between former team-mates Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas.

The West Ham star was once the next big thing at the Emirates but left the club in 2018 after years of struggles with injuries.

The England international’s career at Arsenal spanned over the latter years of Arsene Wenger’s tenure but he crossed paths with a number of excellent midfielders, most notably Fabregas at the start and Ozil at the end.

The duo both excelled in the attacking midfield role with the Gunners but played the position in contrasting ways, with Wilshere claiming that Fabregas had a greater ability to control a game.

Wilshere praised both Ozil and Wilshere (Picture: Getty)
Wilshere praised both Ozil and Wilshere (Picture: Getty)

‘They can change a game and they can control a game – more so Fabregas could control a game. That’s the difference’ said Wilshere.

‘Ozil wouldn’t really get involved in the build-up but Cesc would drop.

‘I’ve seen games where he must have greated 10 to 12 goalscoring opportunities just by dropping off.

‘I’ve had this conversation with him recently where that player is sort of going out the game a little bit.

Ozil is out of contract in 2021 (Picture: Getty)

‘Not that quick, not really strong but just playing with your brain.

‘I played in a few games where he (Cesc) was man marked which says it all really.

‘Someone who is not going to really run away from you with the ball or beat and push you off the ball. To literally be man marked, I remember we played Bolton once and Fabrice Muamba followed him for the whole game.’

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