Ozil is back!!! Can you feel the joy or anticipation surrounding the news…? Yeah me neither. The response surrounding the news that Ozil is back has been fairly muted. If anything, everyone is more relieved that Koscielny is back than Ozil. The truth of the matter is no one really expects fireworks from Ozil and who can blame them? They have constantly been let down.
I, for one, am really looking forward to watching Ozil. I am curious to see which Ozil will show up. I believe he will really perform well now that the pressure is off him. When Wenger says he expects him to be the player of the season next year, I do not doubt him. I think Ozil is massively talented, although slightly overhyped, and plays well when he does not have pressure.
The problem is he has an extremely weak personality and when things do not go his way, he crumbles. How else do you explain the reaction to missing the penalty in the first leg against Bayern Munich? He went missing and everyone began to handle him with kid gloves. Contrast that with the Mertesacker’s reaction to his contribution to Wigan’s goal in the FA cup semi-final. He dug deep, became a rock at the heart of defence and came up with the goods on the other end scoring the goal that put us level.
When I first saw Ozil playing for Germany, I knew he is the one who makes the difference for the team. I honestly could not pin point his attributes but I know that he was the difference. He just has to learn how to handle criticism or basically ignore it in order to succeed in Arsenal because no one criticizes better…or worse than English media . Next season with a fit Ozil and a few more buys, especially a striker, Arsenal will be unstoppable…where have we heard that before?