Mesut Özil – why 2015 will be the defining year for Arsenal star

New physique honed during rehab could give World Cup-winning midfielder the muscle to make him a winner for Arsène Wenger

In August, the day after Arsenal dazzled in defeating Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield, Mesut Özil posted a selfie with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, the trio grinning in their new training kits. “The holiday was fantastic,” wrote Özil, “but finally back to Arsenal.”

The snapshot depicts the club’s three World Cup winners, high on life after the most memorable of summers. Arsène Wenger had given them an extended break following Germany’s triumphant campaign in Brazil but reality would soon bite. The subsequent months were not kind to any of them.

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