Arsenal's Mesut Ozil named joint-best midfielder in Europe this year by CIES

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One of Arsenal's recent standout stars has been recognised for his form in 2015.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been named the joint-best performing midfielder of 2015 so far in a list compiled by CIES Football Observatory.

Key indicators are taken into account to decide the list and German international Ozil came out on top along with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

It is a fine indication of the strength of the Premier League but also of how Arsenal’s club-record signing has returned to form following his injury.

Ozil has played 12 matches since recovering from a ruptured knee ligament, scoring three goals and providing five assists in that time.

On form Ozil is one of the best play-makers in Europe, but Arsenal fans have only seen that fleetingly since his big-money move from Real Madrid.

However, having been recognised for his fine work since fighting his way back to fitness, there is no reason why the 26-year-old will not finish this season in fine style, before hitting the ground running after a summer to reflect and recuperate.

With the squad Arsene Wenger is building in North London, they could be on the verge of greatness, and Ozil may be at the heart of it.

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