MESUT OZIL has settled his differences with Unai Emery and is ready to deliver the kind of season many Arsenal fans fear is beyond him.
World Cup winner Ozil looked to be on his way out of the Emirates after an indifferent first season under new boss Emery.
1 Mesut Ozil is suddenly Unai Emery's new golden boy after summer trainingCredit: Getty
But the German playmaker has not attracted a single serious offer for his services over the summer.
And the realisation he is no longer coveted by the game’s biggest teams appears to have come as a shock.
Watching the club’s most divisive player working out during pre-season preparations in the USA, it appears Ozil has had a change of attitude.
No one worked harder during Wednesday’s 2-1 friendly win against Bayern Munich and the quality of his game was there for all to see.
It appears a long chat with Emery has convinced 30-year-old Ozil he is at a major crossroads in his career.
In an all-too-rare interview, Ozil claimed: “I have a really good relationship with the coach, so we are speaking a lot and he wants to help me and I want to help the team.
I spoke with Mesut at the beginning of pre-season and wanted to get his best performances. He is working really well, so I am positive.
Emery on Ozil
“But I had a tough time last year because I had a few injuries before the season started.
“I still played a lot of games and I think this season is going to go well for me and the team.”
Emery has never had a problem with Ozil’s contribution on the ball but the player’s work-rate and frequent absences have been an issue.
The Spaniard, 47, said: “I spoke with Mesut at the beginning of pre-season and wanted to get his best performances.
"He is working really well, so I am positive. He has a very high commitment and is one of the captains of the team with Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal.
“So I am looking forward to seeing the best Mesut Ozil this season.”
HAPPY AND FIT
The midfielder still has two years left on his £350,000-a-week contract and that eye-watering salary has deterred potential purchasers.
Turkish side Fenerbahce made a tentative inquiry about a loan deal — but quickly backed off when they realised how much it would cost.
So now Ozil and Emery have agreed to sing off the same hymn sheet as they prepare for tonight’s International Champions Cup game against Fiorentina in Charlotte.
The Gunners have spent a week training in LA and Ozil added: “I am really happy and I am fit. We are training really hard to be fit for the whole season.
“We are working well together, as we showed against Bayern Munich when we looked very fresh and deserved to win.
Ozil has been so relaxed these past few days he even agreed to bleach his hair blond after losing a crossbar challenge to Alexandre Lacazette.
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He explained: “It was a bet between me, Laca, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac. The bet was for the losers to change their hair colour.
"Laca won so I went blond, Sead green and Mustafi tried something different but wasn’t happy with how he looked so he dyed it back to his usual colour.
“I really like it but I don’t know if I’ll keep it this way back to London.”
As long as he does not lose his new attitude, no one will be complaining.