Arsenal sent shockwaves through the football world with their deadline day capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid last summer for a club record £42million.
The signing was hailed as the long-awaited loosening of the purse-strings by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, a move that could restore former glories.
And the 25-year-old enjoyed a scintillating start to life at the Emirates with four goals and seven assists in his first 15 Premier League appearances.
But injury problems curtailed Ozil’s form and made for a frustrating second half of the season in which he was criticised from a variety of angles.
Fellow German Andre Schurrle also landed in London in summer 2013 with Chelsea, acclimatising to life in England not far from his international colleague.
Schurrle has now thrown his support behind Ozil to shine for the Gunners in his second term in the Premier League - as long as Arsenal don’t surpass his Chelsea, that is.
Quizzed by talkSPORT on whether Ozil will reach top form in the 2014-15 campaign, Schurrle said: “Yeah, I think so.
“When he came back from his injury, he played very good. He got assists, he got a goal. I’m sure he will be very good next season.
“But I hope not too good because I’m a Chelsea player and I don’t want Arsenal to be very good!”
Despite struggling in the run-in, Ozil picked up an FA Cup winners medal as Arsenal ended a nine-year trophy drought earlier this month, whilst Schurrle went without silverware in his first season at Chelsea.
Both men are currently preparing for the World Cup with the Germany squad on retreat in Italy, and will have the chance to put their talents on display in Brazil starting next month.