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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been crowned the German Player of the Year for the third season in a row.

Ozil, who became the Gunners’ most expensive player of all time when he signed from Real Madrid for £42m in the summer, fended off competition from Bayern Munich duo Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller to land the prize.

The 25-year-old picked up nearly 30% of the votes with Bayern captain Lahm finishing as runner-up with 17% to team-mate Muller’s 13%.

Ozil said that he was delighted to scoop the gong in what was a “turbulent” 2013, and also claimed that he sees the award as an “obligation” to win this summer’s World Cup.

He told German FA’s official website: “The 2013 was a very turbulent time for me with my move from Madrid to London.

“The [award] makes me proud and happy, because above all, it was carried out by the fans.

“The award for me, is an obligation to have a successful 2014 World Cup. I still play every international game as though it is my first.”

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