Ozil 'satisfied' but admits 'up and down' first Arsenal season

Mersut Ozil has been speaking about his first season in England.

The provisional Germany squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer will be announced later today and perhaps nowhere in England will the affects be felt more intensely then Arsenal FC.

The likes of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and, of course, club record signing Mesut Ozil will be waiting to see if their name is on the early Jogi Low selection.

All three can probably sit tight - although there have been doubts previously over whether Low should take them.

Not Mertesacker. He is Germany’s most experienced centre back and despite his limitations will definitely be on the plane to Brazil.

Podolski had his position cast into doubt over a lack of football but he has been in great form for the past month and has over 100 caps for his country, so is sure of selection.

For Ozil he has had perhaps his toughest season in years. Arsenal broke rank to sign the playmaker from Real Madrid last September for a whopping £42.4 million. But he has struggled with injuries, form and a change of playing style in England - only occasionally showing us glimpses of his obvious and supreme talent. The lack of a winter break has also contributed to his average season - and Arsenal fans will hope next term is his real breakout season.

He still remains likely to go to Brazil - as Low is a big fan of his talents - and the World Cup was the main topic of discussion in an interview with German daily Bild this week - in which he also addressed his time at Arsenal so far.

He said of his first season in English football:

"I had ups and downs, but I'm satisfied. Arsenal has not won a trophy in ten years [but] on next Saturday we can win the FA Cup. It would be for me the third Cup victory in the third country [Real Madrid, 2011; Werder Bremen, 2009]. "

In honesty he has probably given the exact answer many would think regarding his debut Premier League campaign. He has had his moments of excellence but also moments of frustrating lethargy - like the Champions League first leg against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal fans will expect more next season - but so will Ozil, so the future still looks bright for this star.

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