Arsenal’s Ozil named German Player of the Year


Mesut Ozil has been named Germany national team player of the year for 2015.

The Arsenal midfielder had won the award, which is voted for by German fans, three times in a row before losing out to Toni Kroos in 2014.

However, more than 51,000 fans voted for Ozil this year, giving him 45.9 per cent of the vote, and placing him well ahead of Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller (15.9 per cent) in second place.

Ozil has been in outstanding form for Arsenal in 2015 and played a key role in Germany reaching the European Championships in France next summer, being involved in eight out of nine international matches throughout the year.

The German World Cup winner has been vital in guiding Arsenal to the top of the Premier League this season and is well on course to beat the assists record set by Thierry Henry in 2002/03.

German magazine kicker had previously labelled Ozil as the best “German abroad”.

Jonas Hector of FC Köln, received 13.6 per cent of the vote in third place, with 13 players nominated in total.

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger won the award in 2010.

Meanwhile, Dortmund’s Marco Reus received the award for Germany goal of the year for his goal in the 2-2 draw with Australia in March. That day he slid into a Sami Khedira cross and put it behind keeper Matthew Ryan.

“It wasn’t that hard, but it was cool that the two of us managed to create that situation against five defenders,” Reus said of his goal, which was named goal of the year by 35.8 percent of the voters.

“To be honest, I’ve scored better goals before, but I’m pleased nonetheless to have gone level with my friend Mario Gotze, who won the same award last year,” Reus said, remembering the Germany international’s World Cup winning goal in the final against Argentina.

“My goal was just as important as his was,” a laughing Reus said.

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