Arsene Wenger has already revealed that Mesut Ozil has regained full fitness and is available for today’s Arsenal game at home to Stoke City, but now he has gone even further in saying that he believes that the German has now regained his hunger to get out on the pitch and start winning again.
“It’s a frustrating season for him as he has not contributed yet,” Wenger said. “It was not a convincing start. He played six games, scored one goal against Aston Villa.
“What we pay for today is our slow start of the season because in the first six games of the season we won two games but we dropped too many points.
“There is now an opportunity to come back into the team and contribute to the team. When you are a football player you want to play games.
“He is ready. What he is is hungry. They come back from the World Cup and when you come back having won the World Cup, even if I gave them the holiday they needed, the hunger is a bit artificial.
“You have to be frustrated from competition and slowly get back to realise how much you miss it to come back to normal. I had that before with former players.
“Today he looks hungry – he worked extremely hard to come back. He really pushed himself to the limit of what you can absorb physically.”
Now that sounds like the Ozil we want to see! When he first arrived he seemed to be sluggish and slow to settle in, then apparently he was injured on his return from winning the World Cup. Can we finally see the reason why Arsenal spent 42 million on him?