Arsenal star Ozil 'satisfied' with first season - should he be?

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil stated he is ‘satisfied’ with his debut season in the Premier League with the Gunners.

The Gunners’ club record signing arrived at the Emirates last summer to the tune of £42.5 million from Real Madrid where he had the highest assists record in Europe for the previous three seasons.

The Germany international has scored 7 goals and made 14 assists for Arsenal across all competitions this season, which has been enough to see him included in the Germany national team’s provisional squad for the World Cup this summer in Brazil, but is it enough to warrant satisfaction?

"I’ve had ups and downs, but I’m satisfied. Arsenal haven’t won a title for ten years, and next Saturday we can win the FA Cup. For me that would be for me the third cup victory in the third country," he told Bild.

"Of course, we want to be world champions. A third place or playing good football is no longer enough for us."

It has been a contentious issue in recent weeks at the Emirates whether or not Arsenal can consider this season a success. A win in the FA Cup Final to end their trophy drought against Hull City at Wembley would surely go some way to placating fans desperate for silverware after nine years, but fourth place in the Premier League may well be considered by some to be a disappointment.

Ozil has come under fire from critics this term as well as the team and manager Arsene Wenger. Prior to his injury earlier this year, Ozil has seemed to be lacking form, confidence and full fitness in his first season in England, most notably in his side’s home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions league last sixteen in March.

We've only really seen glimpses of his full capability this term, most recently against West Brom last Sunday at the Emirates but I feel that some of the criticism levelled at him has been harsh.

It’s understandable that he is under pressure and under a microscope, given he is the club’s most expensive player of all time. At Real Madrid he had likes of Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo alongside him as well as Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain ahead of him where at Arsenal he has mostly been serving Olivier Giroud.

It is also important to factor in the difference between La Liga, the Bundesliga where he earned his reputation with Werder Bremen, and the Premier League where there is no winter break. We have seen Sunderland go and win at Old Trafford against Manchester United, Crystal Palace beat Chelsea, and comeback against Liverpool for a draw, and overall, one would have to say that is exceptionally rare in other top leagues in Europe.

In Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as the superb Ateltico Madrid side under Diego Simeone this term, tend to be expected to beat whatever opposition is in front of them and the title tends to be decided on the games they play between each other. Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title under Pep Guardiola weeks in advance this term and the same simply cannot be said of this Premier League season where the fight for the title will go on until the very last day of term this weekend and the battle for relegation is equally as tight at the bottom.

Mesut Ozil can probably be satisfied with a satisfactory season but he has a long way to go to fulfil his potential at Arsenal yet. Perhaps next season, we can expect a more impressive campaign from the Gunners and their record signing.

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