Whether or not you agree with the much talked about theory that Mesut Ozil has not being doing enough for Arsenal, be it running, tracking back or simply scoring and assisting goals, I think we can all agree that an in form Ozil pulling the strings will help the Gunners to perform well and get the right results this season.
It is hard to say whether or not the German is committed to the cause as he has been out of the side for some time. His cameo off the bench at Watford was his only club action apart from just seven minutes at the end of the West Brom clash in over a month.
The last game Ozil started was the win over Bournemouth just after the first international break and whether he starts against Red Star Belgrade tomorrow evening or Everton on Sunday could well depend on his attitude, but his fellow countryman and World Cup winner and also his captain at Arsenal could be the man to make sure he is giving his all at club level, as a Sky Sports report explains.
Per Mertesacker said, “Yes. Everyone has to do his job 100 per cent otherwise they are not eligible to be on the pitch.
“As long as everyone understands that then we are fine and you won’t get problems from me. If I have a different feeling then it would be addressed.
“I have no problems with players in their final year, that includes me as well. The only issue I’ve got is if they’re not fully committed to what we’re doing here.
“Even if you’re in your final year you have to prove yourself every single day, in order to stay here or to get another contract somewhere else.
“A lot of people focus on being on long-term contracts, but that’s not needed. I don’t feel a dip in commitment; we’re in a good front with those who have their contracts expiring.
“It’s similar to me. I’m staying at the club definitely, which makes it a little bit different, but we want to be successful here and everyone is committed to that.”
The BFG has been seen berating Ozil on the pitch before so I am sure he would have no hesitation doing so behind closed doors and I would not like to get on the wrong side of the giant defender. Perhaps that is just what our play maker needs.