Arsenal comfortably cruised into the third four on the Premier League table and the boys will have to continue fighting while they hope for the other clubs to slip.
Germany international and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been awarded with the Germany player of the year. Speaking after receiving the reward, the playmaker revealed that he is comfortable with life in London.
Capable of unlocking defences with precise passes, Ozil was a regular provider of assists last season but this campaign has posed an increased threat in front of goal himself.
Ozil received 54.5% of the votes in this year’s award, with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos coming second with 33.9%, while Cologne’s Jonas Hector was third with 4%.
The Arsenal star told the German FA official website in a Q&A interview : “Thank you, obviously I was very happy to have received this award. I’ve simply arrived in the Premier League since last season. I’ve remained injury-free for the most part and I feel very comfortable in London now as well.
“My highlight was the game against Italy at the EUROs – I definitely enjoy thinking back on my goal. But we didn’t reach our target, which was to win the European Championships.
“We wanted to win our semi-final against France, but didn’t accomplish it. On the other hand, we were able to phase-in a transition with many young players, which is important in regard to the World Cup where we will try to defend our title.
“As one of the more experienced players in the team, I try to pass on advice to the younger players. Even if I’m not the most vocal player on the pitch, my voice is heard in the team. And I try to help our younger players every day.
“I’ve changed a few things in my life this past year, for example my diet and my training. That helps me to regenerate fast after games and it reduces the chance of getting injured. And obviously you can’t lose the love for the game. But that’s not going to be the case for me (laughs).
“The award itself isn’t that important to me, if I can say it like that. But the fact that so many fans register online to give me their vote is something that makes me proud. And for that I want to thank all the fans out there.
Asked whether he will defend his title in 2017, Ozil said: “We will see. I will definitely not give up without putting up a fight (laughs).”