Signed on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2013, the Germany international was an instant hit, fuelling belief among the Gunners faithful that at long last they were going to taste some silverware success.
However, things started to slow down as the former Real Madrid star found the winter break a bit too much to take. Having played first in Germany and then in Spain, Ozil was used to having at least two weeks off during the festive period.
However, in England he was supposed to play two days before Christmas, on Boxing Day, then three days later and on New Year’s Day.
It took its toll, injuries started to crop up, form went down and he has ended up with the stats below:
Yet, Ozil remains a world-class playmaker and one of the very best in Europe. He was a key player for Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese’s three years at Madrid, helping the club win La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger certainly has faith in Ozil and backs him to become a more consistent and better player next season, claiming that he could win the Premier League Player of the Year award in 2014-15.
‘He is a fantastic football player, and I would put him on the list to be player of the season next season’, The Mirror quotes the Frenchman as saying.
‘The first season is the season in which you adapt, and then you know what happens and you get into it. I believe that he will know better his partners [in the team], he will know better the league and the potential is absolutely fantastic.
‘He is one of our main players offensively, and we are a team who is used to scoring goals, and recently away from home we haven’t scored so much, so it’s important we get our offensive potential back’.
It is a tortured cliché, but it is true: it does take a season or so to adapt to the Premier League. Ozil has a strong mentality and is only 25 years of age. He is considered a very important player by Wenger and he will indeed be a force to be reckoned with next season.