Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil believes he's finally on the path towards making a success of his £42.4 million move to the Emirates, thanks to an intensive fitness regime during three months on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury.
Ozil has definitely been leaner and meaner since returning from that absence, with the last few weeks in particular seeing the German international look far more capable of meeting the physical demands of performing in the Premier League week-in, week-out.
The World Cup winner has revealed work on his upper body in the gym plus changes in terms of nutrition have left him feeling much fresher during matches, which can only bode well for Arsenal at the business end of the season and beyond.
Good path for mercurial Mesut
In an interview with Arsenal's official club website following yesterday's 3-0 win over West Ham United the playmaker shared: “I wanted to be as fit as possible when I returned after my injury. I worked on my upper body as well as paying attention to my nutrition.
“I underwent treatment to get myself fit as soon as possible and to prevent the injury from returning. I’m on a good path now.
“I worked really hard and I think it shows in training and in matches that I’m fresher. I’m really happy to be back on the pitch and able to do what I most love.”
Arsenal fans should be encouraged
Ozil is an introvert who divides opinion with his languid, almost aloof playing style, but these comments should leave Arsenal fans in no doubt that he's giving everything to remain an important part of Arsene Wenger's plans.
Wenger has tremendous faith in his marquee signing and has even returned Ozil to his favoured central position, clearly feeling he's now finally ready to make that position his own.
Arsenal have shown a resilience in 2015 that should stand them in good stead moving forward, with Ozil's return from injury typifying what's been a stop-start but ultimately encouraging season for both player and club.
Arsenal fans, do you think we are about to see the best of Ozil? Are you convinced he'll repay Wenger's faith in the long-term? Have your say on the midfield maestro in the comment box below!