Following a splendid season, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil once again gets another feather to add to his cap, as the midfielder gets included in the list of 11 nominees for the German Football Ambassador prize given to the best players participating in foreign leagues.

Despite suffering a series of injuries in the current season, Ozil still proved to be a dominant player in the current Champions League, even if Arsenal ended up losing its quarterfinals bid to Monaco. Her also greatly contributed to the team’s successful showing in the Premier League.

Ozil is joined in the list by teammates Per Mertesacker, who provided a significant contribution to Arsenal’s defensive line this season, and Lukas Podolski, currently on loan to Italian club Inter Milan. The list of nominees is completed by Miroslav Klose, Kevin Kuranyi, Shkodran Mustafi, Thomas Broich,.and Cacau, as well as female players Anja Mittag and Nadine Angerer.

The winner of the award is determined by publick voting, where fans from all over the world can nominate their three best picks, with the eventual winner being announced on June 2.

In other news, Ozil also shared his thoughts on his second season with the Gunners. In an interview released on the team’s official website, the 26-year old player said “I think it’s been very positive [this season].”

He also reflected on the injury that he suffered during the season, “Of course picking up my injury was a negative because I missed a lot of games. But if you look at the league and my performances, I’m really satisfied.”

“I’ve missed a lot of football and I think it shows on the pitch that I worked very hard during that time. So now I just want to… help the team and I’m on the right path.:

When asked about where he thinks the team could head now, Ozil said that it is important for them to win games as a team. “We’re rightfully near the top of the table and in the semi-finals of the FA Cup again. I think we can win trophies again this year, and if we do that, we will be satisfied.”

 

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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