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If Mesut Ozil's season had occurred in reverse, it is highly likely that pundits and fans would be far kinder in their assessments of his first season in English football.
The German made a fast start to life in the Premier League, impressing immediately with his poise and vision as his playmaking quickly propelled Arsenal to the top of the table. He was immediately hailed as the £42.5 million difference-maker, the sort of A-list talent that the Gunners had been missing for so many seasons.
Unfortunately, as the campaign wore on, Ozil seemed to wear out. The loss of Aaron Ramsey from the engine room seemed to blunt his effectiveness somewhat, while he seemed to go missing in big away games in the Premier League and crucial Champions League ties.
His penalty miss against Bayern Munich at the Emirates, where he never looked like scoring, seemed to sum up his form at the time.
Four goals and eight assists (in 21 league appearances to date) is a mediocre return for such a talent, even if it was always likely to take him at least a season to adapt to a more physical league than he was used to, along with the difficulties of moving to a new country and a new culture.
Ozil will surely be far better next season.