Did Ozil just commit to Arsenal for life?

The Gunners star posted a particularly intriguing comment on his social network…

Arsenal's record-breaking signing Mesut Ozil, acquired from Real Madrid for £42.4m at the tail-end of the summer transfer window, has commented 'Arsenal for life' on his Twitter account, prompting speculation as to whether he has become so fully ingrained in red-and-white culture that, at 24-years of age, he is ready to make a long-term commitment and remain a Gunner for the rest of his career.

The German playmaker made the comment after Arsenal swept Southampton aside with a 2-0 scoreline at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, November 23, obviously delighted that the club's supremacy at the top of the Premier League table had not only been maintained, but enhanced, thanks to Liverpool dropping points against Everton earlier in the day.

Ozil followed his statement with a variety of hashtags… the clean-sheet was preserved because of Wojtech Szczesny's superb shot-stopping and the three points were won due to the convincing victory, so both of those hashtags were founded on fact, leading the 'Arsenal for life' comment to be even more brow-raising.

Since their switch from Highbury to Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have become accustomed to losing their best players to the European elite.

The exits of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie seemingly weakened the Gunners, yet the big-money signing of Ozil was arguably the first time in the Ashburton Grove era where manager Arsene Wenger had enjoyed a summer of keeping his best players together while adding Ozil; arguably the greatest player available on the market.

For once, the roles were reversed. Arsenal had secured a player at the peak of his powers from the supposed elite.

Pass-master Ozil has completed 86% of his passes, occupies defensive positions that has attracted the commendation of Wenger while also acting as a key contributor in the final third, creating 25 chances, four assists and two goals (with an 83% shooting accuracy) in his first 779 minutes of Premier League football.

It stands to logic that the more the player acclimatises to English football, the more useful he will become in Arsenal's push for Premier League honours.

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