Four years ago Mesut Ozil announced himself on the global stage by dazzling in Germany's opening World Cup thrashing of Australia.
This time around it was different, despite being handed a prominent role in the side, he was replaced just an hour into their 4-0 win over Portugal.
Just hours beforehand, German manager Ralf Rangnick, formerly of Schalke, laid into the playmaker - criticising him as 'tactically under-developed', and blaming Arsenal and indirectly Arsene Wenger in part for this.
He told German newspaper Frankfurt Allgemaine: "Mesut has tactically not really evolved over the past two years. The fact that he is a gifted footballer, everyone knows that. But in the game against the ball he still has major weaknesses.
"I have in the past season seen some games of Arsenal. They often conceded too many goals in big matches, because no work was done after losing the ball enough, to win it back.
"With Mesut it is a temperament problem. If he had played in the past two years at Dortmund or Bayern, he would be tactically much better."
It is quite a stinging attack on Ozil and on Arsenal's set up, although if the only matches Rangnick had watched over the past year happened to be the away defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool, then it would be little wonder he has a negative view.
Arsenal know they have had a problem in big games, and a top class defensive midfield player will help Ozil out tremendously.
Against Portugal while not anywhere near his best, from a statistical point of view he was comparable with Toni Kroos, creating the same number of chances and both recording pass completion rates of over 90 per cent.
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At Bayern or Dortmund, we will never know whether Ozil would have developed better - it is ultimately just a theory, and not one Arsenal will allow to be put to the test any time soon.
He has however not even played a full season at the Gunners yet, just one injury-interrupted one - and in two years time, then will be the time to judge whether his time there has improved him as a player or not.