The Germany international has returned to first-team training this week after the midfielder had to endure a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. He scored four goals and made eight assists in 22 Premier League appearances this season after moving to Arsenal in a £42.5 million deal from Real Madrid last summer.
Podolski took to his Instagram account to reveal his delight at his compatriot’s return to training after missing the past month since a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich. He said:
Glad to have Mesut back in the squad. Important match tomorrow.
The Gunners season has collapsed over the past few months, as they fell to successive defeats to top-four rivals ending their Premier League title ambitions and are also facing the prospect of not qualifying for the Champions League. The team on the whole was disappointing, but there have been some below par performances from individuals with Ozil topping that list.
The German has only featured for about 25 minutes in the last eight league games after suffering an injury, but even before that he looked poor, as he has struggled to cope with the pressures and demands of being a big-fee player in England. He has suffered a difficult second half of the campaign, may be because of the lack of winter break in the Premier League.
He has been good, if not always impressive, performer in the early months at the Emirates Stadium showcasing his mesmerising ability he displayed so often for Real Madrid. His early link-up play with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and the forwards was very exciting, but that has been blunted as a result of injuries to others.
Ozil remains one of the world’s top creative talents and the money Arsenal paid for him ensures they will be giving him as much time as possible to hit top form. He is likely to improve in time, getting more used to the Premier League and learning to play more with the Gunners style.
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