Mesut Ozil’s superb season has just taken another turn for the better with the news that he’s been named as the German national team Player of the Year for 2015.
Ozil, who also won the award in 2011, 2012 and 2013, lost out in 2014 to Toni Kroos, the year Germany won the World Cup, but the Arsenal man has now reclaimed the honour, making it the fourth time he’s picked up the accolade.
Ozil’s performances for his country helped Germany to the Euro 2016 finals next summer after Joachim Low’s side finished top of Group D ahead of Poland and the Republic of Ireland.
The 27-year-old’s displays in the Premier League with Arsenal have too contributed to just how highly rated he has been over the last twelve months. This season alone he’s assisted 16 of Arsenal’s Premier League goals while scoring three himself.
Ozil won the award by a distance too with his closest competitor, Thomas Muller, gaining 15.9% of the vote whilst Ozil, with 51,000 votes, received 45.9% of the vote, according to the German FA’s official website. FC Koln’s Jonas Hector finished third out of all 13 nominees.
This honour in his homeland will now only intensify talks of the Arsenal man laying claim to the Premier League Player of the Season award come the end of the current campaign.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena