Out of every signing ever made in Premier League history, Arsenal's capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid provided the most hype out of the lot. His signing was seen as a new dawn at Arsenal - behind them were the days of Denilson and Philippe Senderos - players like Ozil were the future.
On one hand, the hype around Ozil was justified. His arrival has inspired Arsenal to two FA Cup victories after a nine-year barren spell, but more importantly, it's made Arsenal believe again.
Petr Cech and Alexis Sanchez have since joined and for the first time in a long time, Arsenal are genuine title contenders.
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On the other hand, Ozil hadn't quite fulfilled the optimistic fantasies of every Arsenal fan. Well, he hadn't up until this season. If there were still some critics of the German playmaker, 13 assists in 15 Premier League games has well and truly silenced his doubters.
Ozil understandably believes he is in the form of his life at the moment, The Sun reported him as saying: "This season is the strongest season that I have ever played. I am in a good way, playing really well, and I believe in myself."
So Ozil believes he's a better player now than he was at Real Madrid, and the stats suggest he may be right.
Record of 17 assists in La Liga
It would take only five more assists from now until the end of the season for Ozil to break his record of assists from one season whilst at Real Madrid. Considering he's traded Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for Olivier Giroud and Joel Campbell, it's staggering how he's racking up more assists for the Gunners.
At Madrid he was one of the star players, but it's easy to see how he could have felt under-appreciated whilst playing alongside Ronaldo and the media attention that comes with him. At Arsenal, Ozil is the best player; he's the one all their play goes through and he's the one the players turn to in times of need. It seems like the German international is enjoying the responsibility.
Change in style of play
Ozil has sent fans into raptures this season with his assist record. He quite rightly has become renowned for his ability to pick a pass. He has an unrivaled skill of putting the ball exactly where he wants it, usually a second or two before anyone else would even think to do it. He possessed this talent at Real Madrid, but it was hidden among other attributes.
As well as showcasing his pinpoint passing, Ozil would often embark on ambitious runs at Real Madrid; you could easily find clips of him beating two or three players in an elegant, leisurely manner, making it look effortless.
That close range dribbling hasn't really been seen at Arsenal. Maybe it's because Ozil struggles with the physical demands of the Premier League, or maybe Wenger has insisted that Ozil harness his game to focus around assists. After all, they have Sanchez and Theo Walcott to take players on.
Whatever the reason for Ozil's slight change in style, it's certainly paying dividends for Arsenal. The Gunners currently sit second in the league and the fans at the Bernabeu must resent the day they let Ozil leave.
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