Just over a year ago Mesut Ozil had everything going his way. He was playing for arguably the best club of all time, scored nine goals as well as assisting 13 in the 2012/13 season and was regarded as one of the best attacking-midfielders in the world. In the summer of 2013,
Arsenal announced the signing of Ozil for a club record transfer of £42.5 million. This was a massive move for the German because he was moving to a new club, in a new country, with a lot of expectation and with less chance of winning the champions league title.
Ozil started off his Arsenal career with a bang; scoring five goals and nine assists in his first 20 games for the club. Not only was he doing well on a personal level but also the team at that stage were coming in first place on the table and a lot of that success was due to Ozil himself. From this point onwards was when things started going downhill, the first incident was when he was involved in an altercation with Per Mertesacker for not thanking the travelling away fans.
In the remaining games for his club he only scored two goals and assisted five. A combination of poor form, injuries and high expectations led to Ozil receiving an increased amount of criticism from journalists as well as from Arsenal and rival supporters. His downfall seemed to coincide with the downfall of Arsenal, his side finishing off the season in a disappointing 4th place on the Premier League table. However over the summer he did have some success where he was involved in helping his country to win the World Cup.
In the 2014/15 season Ozil had a lot to prove after a disappointing back end to the previous campaign, however so far this season the signs have not been looking promising. He has only scored one goal in six appearances meaning he has received even more criticism, in particular for his work rate. It has also become apparent that Wenger has lost faith in playing Ozil as the number 10 and instead has been playing him in a non-preferred left-mid role.
It got worse for the German when he recently suffered a knee ligament injury in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea which is set to put him out for around 10 weeks. Furthermore Ozil has been accused by former Bayern Munich defender Christian Lell of having an affair with his ex-girlfriend whilst in his own relationship with Mandy Capristo.
Capristo has deleted all photos of herself with Ozil on various social media accounts leading to suggest that the pair have split up. Ozil recently celebrated his birthday on October 15 but with the recent events that have occurred it may not have been one to remember.
The Gunners midfielder has recently been rumoured with a move away from the club in the up-coming January transfer window, however he has denied these rumours through twitter. He will surely be determined to get back to playing football and to turn his life around on and off the pitch.