Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

German playmaker Mesut Ozil joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in a club record deal on September 2, 2013.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest midfielders, the gifted left-footer spent three years in 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.

Mesut Ozil Profile

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

Before moving to Spain, Mesut was with Werder Bremen for two years and was a UEFA Cup runner-up in 2009. He began his career at hometown club Schalke, making his senior debut in 2006/07, and helping them finish as Bundesliga runners-up that year.

A creative force blessed with good acceleration and an eye for a killer pass, Mesut has made more assists – 72 – than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues during the last half-decade. He has also created more chances from open play – 353 – than anyone else during that time.

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 first came to international attention when impressing for his country in their successful 2009 UEFA Under-21 Championship campaign, being named Man of the Match in the 4-0 victory over England in the final.

Mesut Ozil's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-2014 21 + 1 4 8 1 3 + 1 1 0 + 1 0 32 + 3 6
Total 21 + 1 4 8 1 3 + 1 1 0 + 1 0 32 + 3 6

My Year

  • 2013/14

September

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."

October

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."

November

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.

December

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.

January

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.

February

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."

March

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.