Tomas Rosicky believes that Mesut Ozil has been meeting expectations this season owing to the fact that he has a full pre-season behind him and was able to play from the start, something he was unable to do in the past two seasons. The German signed for the Gunners in 2013 on deadline day and was only able to join the north London club after a sizeable chunk of the campaign had passed.
In the following season he was struggling from having only just returned from a World Cup triumph and was out injured for a period after picking up a knee injury in October. Since returning, he has been the cornerstone of the Gunners' success, picking up 16 assists and scoring four goals in the league thus far this season.
Meanwhile, Rosicky's career at Arsenal has taken a major setback after the Czech Republic international sustained a muscle injury in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Burnley. The 35-year-old is set to be out for three months and seems like he may have played his last game for the Gunners, with his contract set to expire after the end of this season.
The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder is, however, upbeat about Arsenal's chances in the league and wants Ozil to continue his form alongside Alexis Sanchez for the Gunners to have any chance of ending their 11 year wait without the title.
"Mesut was always a special talent and you could see that when he arrived here," he told Arsenal's official website. "He was out for some time last season so he couldn't find his rhythm, but now, after playing since the start of the season, everyone here can see [how big a talent he is].
"Him and Alexis are the game changers. Both of them have the strength to win games, so it's vital for the team's title chances that they perform well.
"The best thing that I like about Mesut is that he's not forcing the final passes. We all know he has a great final ball but you can see that he only plays it when the game gives him that opportunity.
"If it's not there then he's not forcing it and he's combining with other team-mates instead. That's the thing I like most about him," he added.