Arsenal star looks forward to holiday with his ‘gangsta’ dog Balboa

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has taken to social media to announce the start of his summer holiday.

The Germany international posted a picture of himself alongside his dog Balboa on Instagram. Özil included the following caption, “time for few weeks of relaxation #holidays #enjoy #summer #LaFamilia.”

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Özil played a staring role in Germany’s 7-0 victory over Gibraltar on Saturday evening. The Arsenal start set up three goals and received a rating of 10.0 from for his performance in the Euro 2016 qualification game.

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The 26-year-old ended the season on a high but missed three months from October to the turn of the year due to a knee injury he sustained during a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The Arsenal star ended up winning two FA Cup trophies and lifting the World Cup in Brazil within the space of a year.

Özil will enjoy a short summer break before returning to North London for pre-season training.