When the Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil was on the end of some heavy criticism last season, it was not just coming from our friends in the English media, as the creative midfielder received some bad press from the German papers and from some former Germany players as well.
So while Ozil has largely silenced his critics on this side of the English channel thanks to his excellent performances since returning from that knee injury, he will have been keen to show what he can do to the German public as well, no matter what he says about the critics not affecting him.
His international manager Joachim Low has certainly showed faith in him during this international break and must be delighted to have the Arsenal man back after Germany struggled without him since the World Cup. Ozil once again played 90 minutes for Low today and he played very well, continually finding space and linking up play with his vision and passing ability.
It looked like it might be another tough night for Germany against a well drilled and hard working Georgia team, but shortly before the break Ozil found Gotze in the box and with a bit of luck he found Reus who finished well. And the game was out of sight minutes later when a great piece of skill from Ozil saw him control the ball, turn brilliantly and lose his opponents and find Muller with an inch perfect pass for the Bayern player to finish.
Great news for Ozil and Germany as I say but there may be some concern at Arsenal as Low kept our player on for the whole game, just as he had done in their friendly on Wednesday. Hopefully he will come back to north London fresh but I wonder if Arsene Wenger suspected how much he might be played when he allowed Ozil to miss the Premier League clash at Newcastle last week.
We need Ozil at his best next weekend so should we be worried about Ozil´s heavy international workload?