Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

Mesut made an immediate impression in English football with a string of sparkling performances during his first season with the club. After becoming the club's record signing, he set up Olivier Giroud on his debut at Sunderland before scoring a sublime goal in the 2-0 win against Napoli. He went on to register a brace against Norwich City, plus further strikes at home to Hull and Everton before the turn of the year.

The Germany international suffered a hamstring injury against Bayern Munich in March, which kept him out for more than a month. But he made a positive impact on his return, scoring and setting up another in the 3-0 win against Newcastle.

Mesut Ozil Profile

Born October 15, 1988
Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Previous Club(s) Schalke, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid

Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest midfielders, Ozil spent three years at Real Madrid, making 159 appearances and scoring 27 goals. While at the Bernabeu, he won the league title in 2012 and was a runner-up twice - also picking up a Copa del Rey winner’s medal in 2011.

A creative force blessed with good acceleration and an eye for a killer pass, Mesut has made more assists than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues during the last half-decade.

A full Germany international with a scoring record of almost one in three, he made his debut, aged 20, against Norway in 2009. Mesut, who is of Turkish descent, then starred at the 2010 World Cup and was among the nominees for the Golden Ball award. Two years later he was named in the Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament, after helping Germany to the semi finals. He also was a member of Germany’s squad at the 2014 World Cup.


Mesut Ozil's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-2014 25 + 1 5 8 1 4 + 1 1 0 + 1 0 0 0 37 + 3 7
2014-2015 15 + 1 4 5 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 24 + 1 5
Total 40 + 2 9 13 1 8 + 1 2 0 + 1 0 0 0 61 + 4 12

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14


Mesut returned to the club in the middle of August after helping Germany win the World Cup in Brazil. The playmaker, who is starting his second season in England, started the 2-2 draw at Everton and played a part in Alexis Sanchez's winner against Besiktas, playing a one-two with Jack Wilshere in the build-up.


Mesut opened the scoring and assisted Danny Welbeck in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory at Aston Villa. The German playmaker featured three other times in September and he shone when deployed as a No 10. Speaking before the Manchester City game, Mesut said: “Of course my aims this season are to score lots of goals and provide many assists to help the team. I’m positive that I can do that because I have the potential and the faith of the coach.”


Mesut starred in Arsenal’s Champions League victory against Galatasaray at the start of the month - claiming an assist for Alexis - but his October was cut short by a knee injury suffered against Chelsea in the following game.


Mesut missed the whole month through injury.


Mesut missed all of December through injury.


Mesut returned from a knee injury that had kept him out for three months, to play the final 17 minutes of the 3-0 win against Stoke City before scoring in the 3-2 win at Brighton & Hove Albion. Speaking ahead of the Stoke game, Arsene Wenger said: “Mesut is an exceptional football player. He always gives you continuity in your game and he’s a very creative player.”


Mesut continued his goalscoring return from injury in February, scoring twice and claiming two assists. Speaking after the Aston Villa win, Arsene Wenger said: “The quality of his game is exceptional and he’s getting back now. He worked very, very hard physically and he’s now ready to play again.”


Mesut played five times in March, only missing the final game of the month against Newcastle United. The World Cup winner claimed two assists, setting up Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky’s goals against Everton. Speaking ahead of the Manchester United game, Arsene Wenger said: “I believe he has the quality, he puts a lot of effort in to help the team and he works much harder than his style shows. You can be cheated a little bit by his style of play, because he is fluent, easy, subtle and he does not look like he puts the effort in, but he does.”


Mesut made a fantastic start to his Arsenal career after the playmaker was signed for a club-record fee at the start of the month. The German midfielder assisted four goals in his first three appearances for the Club, including three on his home debut against Stoke. "I would have come here for free, that wouldn't have been a problem," Mesut said in his first press conference. "When I spoke to Arsene Wenger on the phone he was full of respect and as a player I need that."


Mesut scored his first goal for Arsenal with a sublime half-volley to put them ahead in the Champions League game against Napoli, Ozil then turned provider for Olivier Giroud to double the lead. Later in the month the German playmaker bagged a brace in the 4-1 win over Norwich City. "It's a really nice feeling - especially to score at home," Ozil told Arsenal Player after the Napoli game. "You could see that the fans really supported us up until the last minute. What was important was that we won the game. Of course I'm pleased to have scored, especially at home. It was my way of thanking the fans."


Mesut played in all six of Arsenal's games in November. The German playmaker provided the cross for Jack Wilshere's second goal against Marseille and gave further assists for Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini in the 3-0 win over Cardiff City. Mesut missed the chance to score his third Arsenal goal when he saw his penalty in the win over Marseille saved by Steve Mandanda.


Mesut began December in fine fashion with two goals as many games against Hull City and Everton. The playmaker added another assist to his name when he set up Theo Walcott's first goal against Man City. A minor shoulder injury forced Mesut out of the final game of December against Newcastle.


Mesut started four of Arsenal's six games in January. The playmaker missed Arsenal's victory over Cardiff on New Year's Day with a shoulder injury before returning to make a late appearance from the bench against Tottenham. The 25-year-old produced a slide-rule pass for Lukas Podolski to score his first goal against Coventry and provided the ball for Santi Cazorla's goal against Southampton at the end of the month to take his assist tally to 10.


It was a difficult month for Mesut as he struggled to reach the heights he showed in his first few months at the Club. The German playmaker pulled off a brilliant piece of skill to win a penalty against Bayern Munich, but his spot-kick saved by Manuel Neuer. Speaking before the draw with Man United, Arsene Wenger said: "He has done well, he is adapting as well to the Premier League - we have seen it before [that it takes time]. "I wouldn’t like to put too much pressure on him because he has been a top-class player until now. He didn’t have the best of games [at Liverpool] but that can happen. He works very hard to adapt to the physical level of the Premier League and for me he is an exceptional player."


Mesut began March with a well-taken goal and an assist in the 4-1 win at home to Everton before suffering a hamstring injury in the following game against Bayern which kept him out of action for the rest of the month.


Mesut returned to the side at the end of April after spending over a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. The playmaker made an instant impact with a lively display against Hull before scoring his seventh goal of the season against Newcastle. "Mesut Ozil is very important for the team," Wenger said. "He's been missed while he's been injured. We've missed some very important players in an important period of the season. We're really pleased to have people like him back in the team and performing at the top level because that's what we need."


Mesut played all three of Arsenal's fixtures in May. The Germany playmaker came off at half-time in extra-time of Arsenal's thrilling FA Cup final victory over Hull City. Speaking before the FA Cup final, Per Mertesacker praised his compatriot's impact on the side during his first season in England. "You could see from the start that he is one of the best players in Europe," said Mertesacker. "His contributions and assists are vital for any club so we are happy to have him back."