A long spell on the sidelines appears to have changed Mesut Ozil.
Following the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in early October, the German international went on to miss nearly three months of action through a knee ligament injury.
However, ever since he reported back to business in January, Ozil has displayed some level of improvement in his form and attitude.
And despite continued criticism from certain pundits including former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, the play-maker’s work rate in terms of numbers have taken a turn for the better.
So what is behind the change in Mesut Ozil? According to the German, he had to go from the lazy man in training to the workhorse he is now.
“I am now the first to training and last to leave. This used to be the other way round. I did not like training as much.” Ozil told German newspaper Express
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With three goals and several assists since his return to action during the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Stoke, Ozil is certainly looking different from the man who struggled for form during last season’s run-in.
The 26-year-old’s physique has also received an upgrade and he is not hiding the secret behind that either.
“I have gained a lot of muscle mass because I am now going to the gym everyday. I train hard. There are no more excuses.” he added