Mesut Özil (born 15 October 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal. Renowned for his technical skills and creativity, Özil has also received praise for his agility, finesse, and versatility as an attacking midfielder. He has also been deployed as a wide midfielder in his career.
Born in Gelsenkirchen, Özil began his senior club career playing for hometown club Schalke 04, before signing with Werder Bremen in 2008, aged 19. After winning the DFB-Pokal in his first season, his individual performances led to a move to Real Madrid in 2010. There, he helped the club win a La Liga title, and ranked first in league assists for three straight seasons. In 2013, Özil was the subject of a club record association football transfer when signed for Arsenal in a transfer worth £42.5 million (€50 million), making him the then-most expensive German player of all time. In England, Özil won three FA Cups and helped end Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought, while recording the second most assists ever (19) in a Premier League season.