Mesut Ozil believes he’s playing the best football of his career after starring in Arsenal’s incredible run of form. The Gunners have won their last eight Premier League fixtures to move second in the table, just seven points behind leaders Chelsea.
With the Blues still facing the prospect of a trip to the Emirates Stadium, Ozil could yet help inspire an unlikely Premier League and FA Cup double, with their next fixture against Reading set to determine whether they’ll be involved in a second successive Wembley final.
The 26-year-old spend the first half of the current campaign on the sidelines through injury but has since returned to score five goals in just 26 games. Many critics still suggest that he’s yet to justify his £42.5m transfer fee from Real Madrid but the player himself feels otherwise.
After starting his career with Schalke and then Werder Bremen, Ozil’s performances at the 2010 World Cup inspired his move to the Spanish capital, where he starred with 27 goals in 159 games.
However, he feels he’s only hit his peak now, explaining in quotes taken by Goal.com: “At the moment I am pleased with the consistency of my game. I feel I am now playing my best football since joining Arsenal.
“I was exhausted at the start of the season. I started playing professional football at the age of 16 and had never really suffered many serious injuries. I guess 10 years of consistently playing football took its toll. I was also struggling with the physicality of this league.
“The injury worked in my favour in a way, as it gave me time to recover, to assess and to work on what was required to compete in this league. The football here is far more physical, it is played at a faster tempo and you have to adapt to the sheer number of games.
“I have had to work a lot harder and adjust my game accordingly. I used my time out with injury to work on my strength. I’m continuing to do extra sessions after training now.”