Ozil scoops German Player of the Year award

The 25-year-old Arsenal playmaker was voted by supporters as the national team's best player for the third consecutive season, ahead of Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller
Arsenal record signing Mesut Ozil has been named the German national team player of the year for the third successive season.

The DFB - the German football association - announced the winner on Wednesday afternoon and saw fans vote Ozil (30.39 per cent) ahead of Philipp Lahm (17.54%) and Thomas Muller (13.58%), who finished second and third respectively. 

Ozil moved to Arsenal last summer for a fee of £42 million and has recorded seven assists in the Premier League, helping take the Gunners to the top of the table.

Speaking to the DFB, Ozil said: "I am still looking forward to every international match as if it was my first one.

"2013 was a year full of turbulence with my transfer from Madrid to London. So that made the internationals together with my friends and these amazing fans even more important.

"Being voted makes me proud. Especially because this poll has been done by the fans.

"This award is also compulsory for me to have a successful 2014 with a successful World Cup."

As Goal revealed on Wednesday, Ozil was recently allowed a three day mini-break to Morocco, and the 25-year-old confirmed that he was feeling fresh ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.

He added: "I am fit again and can't wait for the next matches."

Fellow Arsenal team-mate Per Mertesacker received 3.56% of the vote, while Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle came in with 8.08%.