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It is imperative that Mesut Ozil has a good season… for himself

Source: Mesut Ozil via Twitter

Mesut Ozil is one of the best and most creative midfielders in the world, but the Germany international has never fully convinced all the Arsenal fans. While there is no doubt about the former Real Madrid star’s natural ability to pick a killer pass to a teammate or to split open a defence with his vision, there have been times in which he has failed to step up his game in big matches. Ozil has failed to inspire Arsenal to great heights; with him in the team, fans will have hoped for the Gunners to challenge for the Premier League title. Last season, Arsene Wenger’s side failed to finish in the top four.

Ozil’s performances for Arsenal so far this season have been encouraging, even though he has been dropped from the team or left on the substitutes’ bench at times. True, there have been matches when the 29-year-old could have done more, but the attacking midfielder has been a solid eight out of ten so far this campaign. In ten Premier League starts, Ozil has scored two goals and provided five assists. In seven Europa League starts, the former Werder Bremen ace has scored four goals and provided three assists.

There is a lot of speculation on the future of Ozil, with his current contract running out at the end of the season. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have been heavily linked, and while this can be a distraction, the German needs to focus only on his football on the pitch. Not only do Arsenal need Ozil to be at his absolute best to have a successful season, but Germany need him to have a good season to win the World Cup in Russia next summer.

The 29-year-old is a key figure in Joachim Low’s side, who are expected to do well in Russia, according to Oddschecker, following the group-stage draw, which has seen them pitted against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. Ozil needs to be consistent and must step up in big matches. With Arsenal also through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, the German will have to do well in the tricky away ties for the Gunners to win that particular competition.

Of course, every player can have bad games, but Ozil has to make sure that his bad matches do not affect his team. In what could be last season at Arsenal and probably the final World Cup appearance, the former Madrid star has to be at his very best.

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