Ozil Early Favorite for Premier League Player of The Year
Mesut Ozil could be embarking on a special season.
Ozil could be on his way to winning the Barclay's 2015-16 Premier League Player of the Season award.
After such a frustrating first season at the Emirates, where his languid, seemingly uninterested, and uncommitted play made him the target of significant criticism from Arsenal supporters, two years on and it's looking like Ozil may be on his way to having the best campaign of his career.
It's hard to read too much into preseason, with Club's focused on branding, money, and visibility, with a dash of fitness and experimentation thrown in for good measure, but Mesut Ozil's performance on Saturday verse Lyon was nothing short of brilliant.
Arsene Wenger asked Ozil to shoulder the creative duties on Saturday, with Santi Cazorla left on the bench for most of the match, and Nemo did so with aplomb.
His boot's were wrapped in a fine silk cloth that was the envy of every tailor from Katmandu to Kalamazoo, caressing the ball from side to side around his standing leg, weaving intricate passes through the seams of the French defense with well weighted perfection; as he sought out those speeding runners clad in yellow plaid. He even got in the goal scoring himself, smashing home a half-volleyed peach of a strike with sublime ease and confidence.
Mesut Ozil has his swagger back. He now looks like a player of tremendous high caliber, a former Madradista, a World Cup winner, who is rested, refreshed, hungry, and thriving off the new found support from his fan base, a support he manifested based on his exploits from last term.
Ozil has earned the respect and admiration of the Dial Square faithful and he is reveling in it.
Arsenal is a team with burgeoning team chemistry that resembles that of the Invincibles and much of the reason is down to Ozil. There are few in Europe who will match the Gunners cohesiveness this season, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are the only two teams that will come close, and with all the changes for Diego Simeone, it's really only the team from Catalonia that can stake claim to a similar unity and rapport.
Wenger has assembled his most talented squad, from top to bottom, since the team that went unbeaten, and there's every reason to believe that with willing runners ahead of him, Mesut Ozil could be taking top honors as the Premier League's most valuable player come next May.
With the pace and movement of a healthy Theo Walcott, the majestic and mercurial Alexis Sanchez buzzing around North London, Aaron Ramsey's trademark work rate and keen finishing ability, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's dynamism and directness, Santiago Cazorla's two-footed brilliance, and Olivier Giroud penchant for sweet headed or flicked first-time goals, Ozil should easily amass 10-15 assists next season to go along with 6-10 goals.
Arsenal will have the slickest attack on earth, rivaled only by the hydra of Barcelona, and this is a monumental time in the German playmaker's career, a time to prove his critics wrong once and for all, and lead Arsenal to glory as the best player in the BPL...