Ozil profile
Ozil profile

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 21 + 1 4 5 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 31 + 1 5
2015-2016 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 49 + 2 9 13 1 9 + 1 2 0 + 1 0 1 0 72 + 4 12

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14


Mesut featured three times in July as he started his pre-season by scoring in the Barclays Asia Trophy final against Everton. The World Cup winner then claimed a goal and two assists against Lyon before also starring in the 1-0 win against Wolfsburg. Speaking after the Lyon victory, Arsene Wenger said: “He had a difficult start to the season but slowly, in the second part of the season, he won over our fans. Feeling the reaction now in the crowd, I feel that he has their support.”


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 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 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 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 started all six of Arsenal’s games in May after being voted Vitality Player of the Month for April. The World Cup winner also helped the Gunners lift their 12th FA Cup with an impressive performance against Aston Villa at Wembley. "I feel so at home here because of the way in which I was received by the whole team,” he said. "The boss gives me a lot of help too because he gives me his trust, and that helps me to feel happy at Arsenal as well.”


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 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.


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 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."