The 2015/16 Premier League campaign was undoubtedly Mesut Ozil’s finest as an Arsenal player.
The Germany international has previously been criticised for being weak and inconsistent yet neither came to the fore this time around.
Instead, Ozil was at his majestic best, playing inch-perfect passes that only he can see and recording a remarkable 19 league assists.
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Such form was arguably deserving of the title, but we won’t venture down that path.
And it seems Petr Cech thinks the very same, with the 34-year-old recently hailing his teammate’s passing and vision as “extraordinary".
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He told Arsenal’s official website: “You could see that his overall game has been brilliant all year.
“So he definitely deserves to get the Player of the Season award. He’s raised the bar for next season so good luck to him for being able to keep it that high.
“He has great vision and, whatever he sees, he sees it much better than anyone else. He can execute the pass as well or use that space, with his movement or his pass.
“His quality with the ball, his passing and vision is extraordinary.”
Cech also reiterated the notion that Ozil is capable of picking passes that no other can.
“He sometimes sees things,” he continued, “and you think, ‘there’s no way he can put the ball there because it’s too complicated’, but he always finds the way.
“Even with his finishing, he has the calmness in front of goal, picks his spot very well and he can put it wherever he wants.”
Coming from someone who’s played alongside some of the Premier League’s greatest players, that’s huge praise.
Arsenal will only hope that Ozil - and Cech, of course - can continue his fine form into the new season amidst their quest to win the title.
The Gunners were hot favourites to do so last term but suffered from a dramatic capitulation mid-way through, with Leicester City running out the most unlikely of winners.
A big summer now awaits manager Arsene Wenger, with the general consensus being that the Frenchman must spend big in the transfer window.
And he’s made the perfect start. Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka was pictured in an Arsenal shirt over the weekend, with the Swiss’ move set to be confirmed in the coming days.
A new central midfielder isn’t what Arsenal’s squad needs, but Xhaka is exactly the calibre of player required in a title-winning side.
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