Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has pinpointed hard work, changes in nutrition and his recent treatment as the secrets behind his notable on-field improvements, the Daily Mail reports.
The German international endured a difficult debut season with the Gunners, experiencing plenty of highs and lows and becoming something of a target for the media.
Even winning the World Cup with Germany wasn’t enough to save him from some harsh criticism and his subsequent injury problems didn’t help his cause.
Since returning to the forefront, however, the former Real Madrid man has put in a number of decent performances – reminding observers exactly why the Gunners broke the bank to sign him.
Last weekend’s display at Old Trafford even impressed staunch critic Paul Scholes, prompting the former England international to sing his praises in his ensuing blog for the Independent.
“The Arsenal manager said last Friday that I would have loved to have played alongside Mesut Ozil – and that would be right, as long as Ozil played every week as well as he did at Old Trafford,” he wrote.
So what has Ozil changed in order to cause such noteworthy improvements? Well, while most injured players spend their time sulking and playing video games, Ozil instead used his setback to his benefit,
“I wanted to be as fit as possible when I returned after my injury. I worked on the upper part of my body as well as paying attention to my nutrition,” he explained in the Daily Mail.
'”I underwent treatment to get myself fit as soon as possible and to prevent the injury from returning. I am on a good path now. I worked really hard and I think it shows in training and in matches that I am fresher.
“I am really happy to be back on the pitch and able to do what I most love.”
Ozil has started 13 Premier League matches this season, scoring three goals and adding a further five assists – creative figures only bettered by Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla.