Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has only started one Premier League game and has been a spectator for most of this year, as his personal battle with manager Unai Emery has caused problems.
The former Germany international came off the bench on Sunday as Arsenal saw off Southampton at the Emirates, and he once again showed how good he can be.
Ozil’s 27-minute cameo suggested that Emery should put more trust in him, as he’s the ability to play a big part from here on in until the end of the season.
Arsenal moved ahead of Manchester United on Sunday following the Red Devils’ draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Gunners will now host Bournemouth at the Emirates on Wednesday before making the short trip to Wembley on Saturday for the North London derby.
Of course, having Ozil, who is valued at £31.5 million (by Transfermarkt), confident and ready to produce this week is something that could benefit the Gunners massively on the field, as he is the type of player who could produce a match-winning performance.
Indeed, this week could be season-defining for the German as he has the perfect opportunity to cement a place in the side by putting in a couple of dominant performances. But, things could also go horribly wrong if he returns to his old ways, with one bad performance possibly ruining his chances of securing regular minutes.