Yes he does and he’s perfectly suited to cope with the pressure of leading Arsenal’s midfield.
There has been plenty of positivity produced as a result of Mesut Ozil’s arrival at Arsenal with the German saying he wants to win titles and renewed enthusiasm from fans who probably didn’t think Arsene Wenger would ever pay over £40 million for one player.
That enthusiasm and drive from players and fans can only mean good things for the Gunners as they return to business following the current international break.
However, one of the main worries will still be whether the current side, with Ozil included, can realistically challenge for silverware on the domestic scene as well as in the Champions League.
Arsenal have had a decent start to the season but there are still lingering worries attached to the back four and who steps in as the centre forward should Olivier Giroud pick up a bad injury.
Those are worries which now can’t be addressed until January but Gunners fans everywhere can rest assured that Ozil is perfectly able to cope with having a tremendous amount of pressure placed on his shoulders.
He made his debut in the Bundesliga as a teenager with Schalke before moving to Werder Bremen which is where he really started to create the current reputation that he enjoys.
He’s also won nearly 50 caps for Germany despite still only being 24-yars-old plus he’s already played for one of the biggest clubs in the world in the form of Real Madrid.
He started his journey in international football as the next big talent to come out of Germany, again being subjected to huge levels of pressure at a very young age.
So in terms of knowing how to juggle pressure and expectation, he already has plenty of experience and that will come in valuable as he embarks on his journey to be the main man in the current Arsenal side.
The fee won’t bother him in the slightest, the worry will be how he copes if Arsenal have another similar season where it looks like the only realistic ambition come May is a top four finish.
The context of his transfer has got plenty of fans thinking that Arsenal now have a real chance of breaking the silverware duck which has plagued the club ever since 2005.
Arsene Wenger doesn’t like doing too much business in the winter months so there is a very good chance that Ozil will be the only heavyweight signing the club makes this season.
His past means he’s suited to endure the pressure he’ll be under but it’s impossible to predict how he’ll react if the Gunners are made to endure spells of inconsistency and poor performances against some of their fellow big sides.
What do you think? Can Arsenal win something this season?
image: © jansolo09