Mesut Ozil finally looked like his old self for Arsenal with a maestro’s performance against Tottenham last week, after being seriously criticized for his feeble efforts earlier this season. In fact he had only managed two assists in his 9 previous appearances for the Gunners in this campaign.
In a strange statement Arsene Wenger says that Ozil is now much improved physically and mentally, when he said: “Mesut Ozil has worked hard and he’s extremely fit at the moment, that’s why you see him sharp, the quality of his technical aspect is always there but he has added a more determined attitude and that’s what you want from him and great players.”
“Football today is very demanding on the mental and the physical aspect. Mesut today is in a much better shape than he was before.”
“…Every player wants to be a star. When they don’t manage to do it they’re all disappointed but the best way to achieve it is to work hard and show the quality of performance people expect from you.”
So that makes you wonder why Ozil is only just now approaching his peak condition when 30% of the season has already passed us by. Surely a professional that wants a contract offer of the ridiculous figures being bandied about nowadays would be at his peak from the first game of the season to the last, barring injuries of course.
So if we gave him a new massive contract would we have to wait until November again next season before he was fit enough to be his best?