Mesut Ozil's arrival at Arsenal on transfer deadline day last summer changed things at the Emirates. It was the day the club's hierarchy and Arsene Wenger decided to splash the cash on a superstar signing.
Fans of the Gunners were overjoyed; one of the best playmakers in world football opted to leave Spanish giants Real Madrid for their club. And it seemed a match made in heaven.
Wenger & Ozil
Ozil looked destined to succeed at the Emirates; destined to find his magical touch in north London under the guidance of Wenger. There's no doubt about it, Ozil's as technically gifted as some of the legends that have previously starred in the red of Arsenal. Dennis Bergkamp - one of Wenger's greatest ever players - excelled at the club and produced the goods time-and-time again.
And many expected Ozil to take a very similar path and help the Gunners become a dominant force once again. Without a doubt, though, things have not gone to plan for the former Real Madrid man.
It must be noted, though, that in Ozil's debut season, Wenger's side were finally able to land their first piece of silverware after a very long eight years. FA Cup success failed to mask the player's inconsistent start to life in England, however.
Incredibly, even in a remarkable World Cup winning summer for Germany, Ozil's performances were still scrutinised as he struggled to make an impact. And, after failing to flourish in Brazil, his second season in England's elite division hasn't started particularly well.
A difficult opening period to the campaign has already ended for the player who is currently out of action for the next two to three months because of injury. So now, just over a year into his Arsenal career, he's been linked with a move away from the club - a move that would see him join Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.
Intense in Germany
In fact, the latest reports have suggested that Ozil is unhappy at Arsenal and wants to join the German giants in the January transfer window. If true, it's hardly a surprise. It would hand Ozil the chance to join one of the world's greatest sides under one of the world's greatest managers. It would also give him the opportunity to kick-start his career back in his home country.
But, would a move to the Bundesliga really be as wise as it sounds? Ozil may well be struggling with the pressure that's being placed on his shoulders at Arsenal, but it would be much greater at Bayern.
The German press would be watching his every move and all eyes would be firmly fixated on him. A couple of poor performances for Bayern could prove disastrous for the so called superstar. He needs to build confidence and returning to Germany may not help him do just that.
And, in all honesty, has it really been that bad at Arsenal? Alright, he's not set the world alight, nor has he produced anywhere near the same sparkling form that he did at the Bernabeu, but it's still very early on in his Arsenal career.
As mentioned, he secured FA Cup silverware last season, which was followed up with World Cup success. Wenger - much like Germany manager Joachim Löw - has so far resisted temptations to drop him. He's obviously been doing something right or he would have spent long periods on the bench for club and country.
For now, of course, he's out of the team; he's sitting on the sidelines and out of the spotlight - on the pitch anyway. This is perhaps the time for him to reflect on what's happened over the past 12 or so months.
It's time for him to think about how he's going to make a major impact on the pitch upon his return from injury. It's certainly not the time for him to steer a move out of north London.
He can return and prove his worth once again. He can repay the enormous fee Arsenal shelled out to sign him. Once he returns, he will be playing in a team involving Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and the returning Theo Walcott.
That trio will only help him improve. At Villa Park, just last month, he produced arguably one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt as he played behind the pacey Welbeck. In truth, Welbeck, Sanchez, Walcott and Co. should prove perfect playing partners for Ozil.
There's still great hope for Ozil in an Arsenal shirt and 2015 may well prove to be his best year yet.
Arsenal fans: Do you agree? How good can Ozil be for your club? Have your say in the comments section below!
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