Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil drew gasps from fans who turned up to watch the team’s latest training session in Singapore after humiliating his teammate Laurent Koscielny with a superb piece of skill.
Ozil received the ball before expertly ghosting past the French defender and playing an exquisite back-heel to Per Mertesacker. (Scroll down to see the YouTube video).
Unfortunately for Koscielny, the footage has been uploaded to the internet and is sure to delight Gunners fans all over the world.
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Ozil finished his second season with Arsenal strongly and will be hoping to produce his best form on a weekly basis in the upcoming Premier League campaign.
The Germany international didn’t play in Arsenal’s comprehensive 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI on Wednesday, but should feature against Everton in Sunday’s Barclays Asia trophy final.
He will then continue his preparation for the Community Shield against Chelsea on August 2 with fixtures against Lyon and Wolfsburg at the annual Emirates Cup tournament.
Ozil set for his biggest season yet?
Arsenal fans are hoping this will be the season the former Real Madrid star manages to showcase his world-class quality in the Gunners’ most important matches.
The 26-year-old World Cup winner’s second season was far more encouraging than his first - even though he missed several months through injury - but he still failed to shine in some of the club’s bigger fixtures.
He was, however, impressive in Arsenal’s most important match of the 2014-15 campaign: the FA Cup final against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal can win the Premier League title
If Arsenal are to stand any chance of winning the Premier League title, they will need their high-profile players to stay fit and play consistently well over the course of the season.
Ozil, plus the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and now Petr Cech have an opportunity to end the club’s long wait for the Premier League trophy.
While two successive FA Cup wins have appeased the Arsenal fans, who previously saw their side go nine years without winning a trophy, the Premier League remains their big dream.
And that’s followed by the Champions League, which Arsenal always qualify for but haven’t gone seriously close to winning the trophy since 2006, when they narrowly lost out to Barcelona in Paris.
Arsenal fans: can Mesut Ozil inspire your side to more silverware next season? Will the Gunners finish the season as Premier League champions? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!