Germany international playmaker Mesut Ozil arrived at Arsenal last summer from Real Madrid for a club record fee of around £42.3million. His arrival was greeted by great fanfare by most Gunners fans, as the former-Werder Bremen player was considered the European assist king.
He made a promising start to his Gunners career, before his season went downhill. He looked tired and picked-up an injury towards the end of the season.
As we all know Ozil’s Germany became world champions on Sunday night by defeating Argentina 1-0 after extra-time in the World Cup final. In truth though, Ozil had a quiet final and tournament really. He seemed to be on the peripheral of things for much of the competition in Brazil.
Being part of a World Cup winning team should fill the playmaker with confidence and make him feel like he can conquer the world, which in footballing terms he has just done. However, I am not sure that confidence is the problem with Ozil.
Mesut Ozil has always had a languid style, which when he is playing well looks effortless, but when he is not playing well looks lazy. He will never change his style. This style is the one that has brought him so much success in supplying so many goals in the past.
Ozil’s problem is he seems to get tired very easily, despite the fact he does not seem to work that hard. His work rate seems to have improved, but he is never going to be an Aaron Ramsey, who can run all day and look fresh after 90 minutes.
The fact that he has not had a break this summer with representing Germany at the World Cup could give the Gunners a problem next season. Ozil suffered badly when he was played constantly in the second half of last season.
Hopefully this season the Gunners will have the personnel to be able to rest the German international at some point.
Mesut Ozil has now had a season to adjust to being a Premier League player and I expect him to come back from the World Cup with a new found confidence in his game.
He may not have had a fantastic debut campaign in the Premier League, but he has the talent to be a key player for the Gunners next season and hopefully we will see the best of the German next season.
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