When Mesut Ozil first touched down on English shores it was a signing many believed would herald the beginning of great things for Arsenal.
Finally, after years of watching Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea sign all the superstars, the club have one of their own to cherish.
Things started slowly and the criticism the German international received prompted Arsene Wenger to leap to his defence on more than one occasion.
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However, just over two years since his arrival, Arsenal are finally beginning to resemble the title-winning team many would believe they would become.
Whilst United opted to discard their record signing Angel Di Maria, Arsene Wenger has maintained his trust with Ozil, despite spells that saw him criticised by supporters and pundits alike.
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He was thrust further into the darkness when the club successfully snared Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, but the arrival of another maestro has helped yield the best from the World Cup winner.
No player has more assists than Ozil, who with nine, is three clear of Manchester City’s David Silva and four ahead of Wes Hoolahan and Riyad Mahrez of Norwich and Leicester City respectively
Any doubts over whether he was a player for the big occasion were banished with a sublime showing in the 3-0 victory over the Red Devils, with the German midfielder scoring either side of a sensational Sanchez double.
With Gunners fans finally starting to believe they could end their 12-year wait for a league title this year, much will depend on whether Ozil can achieve his first consistent campaign on English soil.
Manuel Pellegrini's team currently spearhead the standings on goal difference, whilst United’s recent barren spell has seen them fall to fourth behind Claudio Ranieri’s outstanding Leicester.
Current champions Chelsea are already out of the running after a nightmare start to the season that sees them hovering just four points above the relegation zone.
Having won La Liga under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho three years ago, the 27-year-old will be hungry for more success having also helped Arsenal to two consecutive FA Cup victories. Whether or not he can guide them to the ultimate domestic honour remains to be seen.