Mesut Ozil’s debut season at Arsenal has been a mixed bag. Hailed as the man to bring trophies back to the Emirates following his club-record signing last summer, he started as fans hoped he would go on, only to suffer a mid-season lull that has been attributed to many different things depending on who you talk to.
He would later suffer a hamstring injury that ruled him out of action for a month. But now Ozil is back in training, and no doubt hoping to inspire the Gunners to a top-four finish that seemed nailed-on during the heady early months of a campaign that has taken a turn for the worse.
Arsenal are currently one point clear of Everton with just four games to play, meaning any late slip-up for either team could be enough to send the other into next season’s Champions League.
And while Ozil had not been anywhere near his mercurial best prior to his injury (despite showing glimpses), Arsene Wenger may just be hoping the former Real Madrid man can help his teammates over the line.
To not qualify for Europe’s elite competition would be a huge blow for a manager who prides himself on doing just that, year-in-year-out.
And now Ozil’s teammate Lukas Podolski has taken to Instagram to praise the return of his countryman.
‘Glad to have Mesut back in the squad. Important match tomorrow,’ Podolski wrote to accompany a picture of the two men in training.
Arsenal face Hull City on Sunday, the Tigers probably of the belief that three more points would secure their Premier League safety for another season.
But can Ozil inspire his side to the victory? He certainly has the talent. But it is whether he can rediscover the form that prompted such a substantial outlay back in September.