With the new Premier League season under two weeks away, the Mail has decided to judge each team ahead of the league campaign.
In a review of Arsenal’s situation, the national daily newspaper has tipped Mesut Ozil as the player who is most likely to surprise Gunners everywhere once the competitive action gets back under way.
“Who will surprise us? Mesut Ozil. Sounds ridiculous given he cost £42.5m, but this will be the season we see the real Ozil,” reports the paper.
It’s an interesting claim for a variety of reasons which seems to be aimed at the struggles the German player had at times last season.
Ozil started his first Premier League season in great form but his game dipped during the winter before picking up again at the back end of last season.
Various things were attributed to his drop off in performance such as not having a winter break, which he’d grown used to, and a lack of pace in the team, because of Theo Walcott’s injury.
However, for all the criticism of Ozil last season, he played a key role in a Germany side which won the World Cup over the summer and that gives him confidence and momentum heading into the Premier League.
Ozil shouldn’t be at all worried about his place in the side because he is the club’s primary number ten ahead of Santi Cazorla.
Ozil’s squad status with the Gunners is thought to be the reason for links this summer, which have suggested that Cazorla could leave, with various reports linking him back to Spain.
Arsenal have also added well with Alexis Sanchez adding some pace and drive down the left hand side of the team while Walcott edges closer to a return from a bad knee injury he picked up against Spurs last season.
Ozil’s ability to produce world class performances on a consistent basis can’t really be described as a surprise and he will be very determined to ensure he has a big impact when he does come back into the first team.