By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil has revealed how he turned his Arsenal career around to become one of the outstanding players in the Premier League.
The Gunners’ £40million record signing had a mixed first two seasons at Emirates Stadium following his switch from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
But a three-month spell out injured in the middle of last season forced Ozil to take stock and make the lifestyle decisions that prompted a remarkable turnaround in his form.
“The biggest change started when I was injured last year and I changed my diet and started to look at the small details in my life,” Ozil told German football magazine Kicker. “For example I started to have physiotherapy on my days off and made sure I had a good sleep.
“That is crucial over here [in England]. It is the fastest league in the world and we often play twice a week with no winter break.”
The German playmaker was once again an instrumental figure on Monday night as Arsenal defeated Manchester City 2-1 to close the gap on leaders Leicester to two points.
Ozil supplied both the goals for Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud to extend his assists haul in the Premier League this season to a remarkable 15, eight more than closest rivals Gerard Deulofeu and Riyah Mahrez.
“I also missed football a lot when I was injured and I don’t want that to happen again,” Ozil added. “That’s why I am doing everything I can to avoid it now. It is also the case that when you are playing well you get more confident.
“The team is more mature and more consistent this season and I get a lot of help on the pitch. It is only because of their help I can do my best.”