Santi Cazorla says it's normal for any player's form to drop at some point during a season - even Mesut Ozil's.
After making a sparkling start to his Arsenal career, the Germany international has received criticism for recent performances with suggestions being made that he's suffered from not having a winter break.
Cazorla, whose own season got off to a relatively quiet start, disagrees and is confident the 25-year-old playmaker will be back to his best soon.
"I don’t think the winter break is a big factor," Cazorla said. "The truth is every player has a little dip at some point in the season, it’s very difficult to always be on top form.
"The problem Mesut [Ozil] has is when he’s on form everyone can play off him and when his form drops a bit, he is missed.
"You have to make him feel appreciated and give him the confidence he needs, he’s a key player for us and let’s hope that he gets back on form. We all have great confidence in him."