I am not saying that the Arsenal and Germany midfield star Mesut Ozil has had a disaster of a season. Far from it in fact and I think it shows a great attitude and highlights the team spirit among the Gunners, that Ozil has come out with fulsome praise for his Spanish team mate Santi Cazorla who was today revealed as the third placed player voted for by the Arsenal fans as our man of the season.
Ozil told Arsenal Player, “Santi’s been very strong. He’s had to adapt to a new position which he may not have always been used to playing in.
“I think he’s been excellent this year. We’re very happy to have a player like him in our ranks. He’s very good on the ball, as we all know, and is now very defensively strong too.
“I think we’ll have lots of enjoyment with him over the years because he’s a creative player and it’s a lot of fun for me to play alongside him.
“It makes it easier for me too because he sees things that some other players may not. That’s why we’re pleased to have him here.”
Congratulations to Cazorla, of course, but I really believe that the German ought to be winning this sort of thing, especially as he is still by far the most expensive transfer signing in the club’s history. You could point to the fact that he only played in 22 of our 38 Premier League games or that he came back from winning the World Cup with Germany, as explained by Per Mertesacker, far from ready to shine for Arsenal, physically or mentally.
But next season will be Ozil’s third in the Premier League and it is high time for him to really show us what he can do. I personally think he has been very good in the second half of the season and I think he could well be our star man next year. What do you think we will see from Ozil?