Today is the 30th birthday of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, and while he may not exactly be everyone’s cup of tea, that’s something worth talking about. The former Germany international has been a prevalent figure both domestically and internationally for quite some time now, and it’s somewhat crazy to think he’s 30 years of age.
The early days
On one hand it feels like he’s been in the game forever and he should be older than that, and on the other hand, he was always viewed as the next big ‘wonderkid’ so to see him slowly moving out of his prime years is a little bit weird.
He’s been on quite the journey since arriving at the Emirates, and when he initially came through the door, many felt as if he was the next big thing. While he certainly lived up to that hype for a while, being given the title of the assist king, it came during a period when the Gunners weren’t all that successful so he didn’t get all too much recognition for his work.
That’s a shame, but as most of us know, football fans have short attention spans and they only tend to remember what’s happened in their most recent history. When it comes to Mesut it’s no secret that things have been a little bit ‘off’ lately, from the World Cup fiasco to his international retirement to his inconsistency for Arsenal.
It feels like Unai Emery always needs to build a very specific system around Ozil in order to get the best out of him, and that isn’t always what’s best for the team. Perhaps we’re overestimating things, though, but one thing is for sure – it’s going to be extremely interesting to see what his form looks like after having two weeks off courtesy of the international break.
Arsenal have been on something of a roll lately and it’s necessary to talk about Ozil’s impact and contribution towards that ’cause’ if you will. He can be quick when he wants to and he can find the best pass possible when he needs to, but it’s all about maintaining consistency. But, above all of that, we think it’s necessary for fans to give him some kind of praise courtesy of his many years at the club. After all, five years is probably more than anyone expected.
What do you think Mesut Ozil’s future holds?