Ozil at peak of powers
It's taken three seasons for Mesut Ozil to finally come good in English football. The Germany playmaker's inconsistent performances and seemingly languid manner often overshadowed his undoubted talent and eye for a pass. He has divided opinion more than almost any player in the Premier League in his time at Arsenal. Not anymore.
Ozil is now at the peak of his powers back to the form he regularly showed at Real Madrid and could yet be the guiding force behind Arsenal's first league title since 2004.
The Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has always found it strange when fans and media got on Ozil's back in the player's first two seasons in England. Wenger said the critics weren't appreciating Ozil's talents.
Wenger was right. Ozil has 16 assists just four adrift of the record for a single Premier League season and three goals this season. He is also controlling games single-handedly, finding space where it appeared there was none and dictating Arsenal's tempo.
"Something that I enjoy very much is the timing of his passes," said Wenger, one of the game's purists. "If you are thinking in the stand that he has to give the ball now, that is when he has done it. You have not even finished thinking and the ball has gone."