Mesut Ozil is backed to come good after receiving criticism for his inconsistencies last year.
While there appeared to be no common consensus when it came to senior-level Arsenal stars choosing who will be the best wonderkid in North London next season, perhaps demonstrative of how many talented youth players the Gunners management have at their disposal, there were two common answers when it came to which first-teamer will have the most impact in 2014-15.
Despite criticisms last season that he was inconsistent in his play, occasionally anonymous or was even failing to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football, Mesut Ozil will raise his game in the coming campaign and out-perform all other Arsenal players - that is, according to Per Mertesacker and Wojciech Szczesny.
Mertesacker said: "We have quite a good squad and everyone is really promising and wants to give the best next season. I'm expecting a lot from myself and from my German compatriot Mesut Ozil who was injured last season - he will be bright star next season."
Lukas Podolski, who is - along with Mertesacker - a part of the Germany squad who have already booked themselves a World Cup final showdown against one of Argentina or Netherlands thanks to their Tuesday trouncing of Brazil, added: "We have a lot of young players, I hope it is one of them. We also have a lot of Germans in the club so I hope one of the young German players come out."
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While Walcott was only seldom used last season due to his injury problems he still made a considerable impact in the few games he did feature in. For instance, he was responsible for nine goals (five goals, four assists) from 13 Premier League outings which works out as a goal/assist once every 95 minutes he was on the field.
For Carl Jenkinson, if Walcott can replicate that form when he returns from the physio room then he will give Ozil a run for his money when it comes to the in-house player of the year award.
Jenkinson said: "I think Theo will play a big part next season. We missed him since he got injured. He's massive for us."
Ozil, though, edged Walcott last year when it came to cumulative touches on the football on a per game average, passing accuracy, crossing accuracy, chance creation, dribbling ability and even shooting accuracy.
Szczesny concluded: "Mesut Ozil had a solid first season and he's the best midfielder in the country."