Mesut Özil went literally from hero to zero in his current first season with EPL side, Arsenal.

He was signed on deadline day back in September for a fee around £42.5 million smashing the Gunners' former transfer record fee by twice as much.

On his debut, he got his first assist for the club after just 11 minutes in Arsenal's 3-1 away win over Sunderland. From that moment, all Arsenal fans knew he was going to be a great signing.

But that hasn't been true since the start of 2014, Özil became a completely different player, an Özil that nobody has ever come across.

Excuses were made for him saying that 'he hasn't fully adapted yet' or 'he isn't used to not having the winter break'. It takes more or less time for foreign players to adapt to the strength, stamina and speed of the EPL but for Özil, fans shouldn't have to expect him to take a season to do this as he is such a top quality player.

Özil has been missing for a couple weeks due to Gunners' manager, Arsene Wenger, starting him against Bayern Munich (in an impossible tie to win) and he already had a hamstring issue. Özil is expected to start next week, but in some ways he has been a miss in this torrid time for the North Londoners. 

I think that to make Özil more of a force for Arsenal and to the EPL, more players have to be brought in, not just any good players, players from Real Madrid, the club Arsenal signed Mesut from.

Real Madrid are famous for spending big on players they don't really need, which means it offers chances for other clubs in Europe to sign the star players they have that have been replaced by the new signings e.g. Özil was snapped up by Arsenal as he was unhappy about being replaced by new signings, Isco and Gareth Bale. 

Arsenal are in desperate need of a striker as Olivier Giroud has failed to deliver the goods on multiple, big occasions for the Gunners.

Arsenal need a man who is going to come in and score 25+ goals per season. Who else but Karim Benzema to do this. He has been linked with Arsenal for basically all of his professional career and now he is at Real Madrid, which has meant Özil played alongside him which would have created footballing chemistry between the two.

Benzema has scored 23 goals in 44 games this season for Madrid. It looked as if he was going to leave the Bernabeu based club at the beginning of the season due to the poor relationship he had with the fans and new manager, Carlo Ancelotti, but he has thrived off the criticism to better his reputation this season with some very outstanding performances. 

It was heavily rumoured that he was being offered on a plate for Arsenal as Real really didn't want him any more and it was believed that the Gunners could have him for as little as £20 million. Arsenal at the time were more interested in Benzema's former team mate, Gonzalo Higuáin (who went to Napoli in the end.) 

Benzema would be another marquee signing for the Gunners and would bring in more goals making Arsenal more genuine title contenders for next season. 

Another Real Madrid superstar that Wenger should bring in this summer is Sami Khedira.

Khedira is a central midfielder, but can also play in a holding midfield and attacking midlfield role proving that he would be an extremely useful player for any club. 

He is considered a dynamic midfielder with "flawless aerial ability" who can cover a lot of ground, recover the ball and quickly join in the team attack with his powerful mid-range shooting. 

With rumours that Mikel Arteta will not be receiving a new contract and Mathieu Flamini saying he would like to return to Marseille at the end of his two year deal, a new holding midfielder will have to be one of the main priorities for the board to be looking at for the long-term run. 

Sami Khedira was a team mate of Özil's back in his Real Madrid days, but they do still both play together for their national side, Germany. So this'll bring in more chemistry as Khedira is a magnificent player and would be a helping hand to Arsenal's title chances next season.

I see these as realistic transfers also as Real Madrid, without a shadow of a doubt are going to bring in some superstars in this window. They are still looking at Luis Suárez and Mario Mandzukic for striking options which gives Arsenal a massive chance to line up Benzema for a simple transfer of around £20-25 million.

And Khedira has been injured for the majority of this season which has given Ancelotti opportunities to look at new players to play Khedira's role.

More focus has been especially on Xabi Alonso, and now coming into the frame is one of the new summer signings, Asier Illarramendi (who was lined up for a move to North London before Madrid stole him.)

It'll take a lot of fight for Khedira to get back in that awesome Madrid side, perhaps too much fight. He should be another player Arsenal could snap up for between £15-25 million. 

It'll also come down to the performances of these transfer targets at the World Cup in less than 2 months time where we should see both Khedira and Benzema starting for their respective nations. 

I can see these players not just being extremely helpful to the performances of Arsenal's most expensive player, but to also pay dividends to Arsenal's huge trophy drought (could be ended this year) and make them the feared side they were 10 years ago.

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