Mesut Ozil has had a tough couple of months.
From several inept displays, most notably during damaging defeats against Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Stoke, to being booed of by his own national fans in Germany's 1-0 win over Chile in mid-week. The German has been accused of 'shying away' during tough moments. Perhaps in the eyes of many, the saying of 'when the going gets tough, the tough get going' does not apply to the German.
However, one phrase that certainly does apply to Ozil is 'Form is temporary, class is perminant'. In some way, Ozil typifies Arsenal in the sense that they can be so despondent that one can hardly believe it, but they can also be sensational and match anyone on their day.
We certainly saw the sensational side of Ozil and Arsenal on Saturday afternoon against Everton in the FA Cup quarter final.
Ozil was everything that Arsenal fans expected of him when Arsene Wenger splashed out £42.4million on him on transfer deadline day of August last year. He linked up sublimly with players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla, showed his finishing touches with his cool finish to put the Gunners ahead and perhaps most importantly, he worked hard all over the pitch. The latter is something that has not necessarily been associated with Ozil during his time with Arsenal.
There is no doubt that he has at time been frustrating since his move from Real Madrid.
The German showed his undoubted class during Arsenal's sublime early season form, with his dictation of play and deft touches, combined with the energy of Aaron Ramsey, reminded many Arsenal fans that a magician was at work. Comparisons with legend Dennis Bergkamp, who now has a statue outside the Emirates, were most certainly not far off the mark.
However, Ozil has had several incidents that has damaged his reputation as a world-class performer. The row with good friend and compatriot Per Mertesacker due to Ozil not applauding the away fans after the 6-3 hammering by Manchester City made many football fans ponder whether his heart was really 'in it'.
Furthermore, the penalty miss against Bayern was no doubt the catalyst in a hugely subdued display against the German champions thereafter. Consequently, this further enhanced the critical view that Ozil fails to perform in big, deciding games when it really matters.
Perhaps all that the former Madrid man needed was a rest.
That was exactly was Wenger gave him after the damaging defeat at the hands of Stoke City last saturday. What Ozil offered in return against Everton was not only an outstanding performance, but also an inspired celebration at the final whistle which was full of passion and desire. This certainly gave Arsenal fans belief that Arsenal's season and quest for a trophy is back on track after their recent blips.
With Manchester City as the only big team left in the FA Cup, the feeling of silverware could be right around the corner for Arsenal and their fans.
In order to revive their season totally, Arsenal will need a red hot Ozil from now until the end of the campaign, starting in Bavaria on Tuesday night.
If Arsenal achieve an astonishing result in Munich, we could see a stunning revival similar to last season when the Gunners didn't lose again after the triumph in Germany and propelled themselves into the all so crucial final Champions League spot when all seemed lost.
Brazil legend Zico was quoted in saying last year that "Germany have not had a playmaker like him since Wolfgang Overath in the 1970s".
Arsenal will certainly need that level of quality from Ozil from now until the end of the season and beyond.
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