Mesut Ozil put recent troubles behind for at least one match last night as he produced an assist for Mario Gotze in Germany’s 1-0 win over Chile.
The midfielder hasn’t been at his best since the turn of the year, with the dip in form being put down to a variety of different reasons.
The midfielder was allowed to get away from Premier League life for the different type of pressure which comes hand in hand for any player representing their country at international level.
He thrived on it producing one of his better performances for some time as Germany secured the win against a very dangerous opponent.
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans will now be hoping that the German can build on his performance last night heading into important FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League games.
There’s very little turnaround time for him as he heads back to London with the Gunners taking on Everton in the FA Cup this weekend before the return leg in the Champions League at Bayern Munich this Tuesday.
Following that the Gunners take on Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in three of their next four games.
Most importantly, the mental relief he’s likely to have got from his performance last night is something which can help him moving forward over the next couple of weeks.
There could have been a few doubts starting to creep into his mindset but his confidence will now have received a little boost.
He’s guaranteed a starting place against Everton this weekend if Wenger feels he’s recovered from the effects of international duty.
It may not even be a bad idea for the Arsenal boss to wrap him up in cotton wool this weekend, saving him for the game against Bayern Munich and allowing him to enjoy that feeling of confidence again.
Here’s what Arsenal fans made of his performance for the Germans last night.
Did u watch the game last night Arsene ? What ozil need is a great striker infront him. #AFC— F I Z I© (@Fizyazlan) March 6, 2014
Ozil playing for Germany tonight will have given him a massive morale boost, love to see him get a goal against Everton.— LÖ (@LO1886) March 5, 2014
Ozil's performance tonight shows he's not lacking in confidence! I think he needs some pace around him..no one wants to play in behind #afc— Alex Harrison (@albo13harrison) March 5, 2014
Mesut ozil with a stunning performance for Germany tonight = happy Twyno— max 'nacho' twyman (@twyno6) March 5, 2014
Why are fans booing Ozil? He had a very strong performance. #silly— Alima (@AlimaHotakie) March 5, 2014
A midfielder, the centre of everything, if he's surrounded by the wrong players do you not think his performance would be affected?? #Ozil— Chiazö (@GoonerChizzy) March 5, 2014
Ozil my man. What a performance.— Wenger Ball (@Zemanianoo) March 5, 2014
Amazing what Ozil can do with players making runs past him, best performance I've seen from him in a Germany shirt— The Fresh Prince (@_Just_Cake_) March 5, 2014
Ozil and Gotze just carved open Chile's defense.. YIKES! Maybe a good performance today will lift @MesutOzil1088's confidence.— Mike Goncalves (@MGoncalves10) March 5, 2014
Ozil played with Kroos and Gotze and a 35 year old Klose in front, he played well. Saturday he'll be with Santi and Ox, behind Giroud.— Cookie (@SimplyCookie_) March 5, 2014
Ozil again....!!! How f*cking good is he??? Just Brilliant....!!! English media will turn a blind eye...!!! https://t.co/xK2Fmes48d— RasoolTheGooner (@RasoolTheGooner) March 6, 2014
Ozil tonight was absolutely brilliant.— The Gunner (@thebayo001) March 5, 2014
Ozil brilliant so far. Again a brilliant burst of pace.— Indranil (@Indrathegooner) March 5, 2014
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