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Mesut Ozil | Midfielder | #11

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 168

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The story on Mesut Ozil's health seems to be ever-changing and he has, yet again, been declared fit heading into a match week. It remains to be seen if that leads to a first start in a month.
The swirl around Ozil has been ongoing and has encompassed a theoretical knee injury, contract negotiations, and whether he is actually still part of a first choice eleven at Arsenal. With the Gunners playing well in his absence, you wonder if it will be Ozil or Danny Welbeck who lines up opposite Alexis Sanchez behind Alexandre Lacazette against the Hornets in Week 8. Fantasy managers should continue to be skeptical of Ozil's value until proven otherwise. Oct 12 - 3:49 PM

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The mystery over Mesut Ozil's status as a starter continues as he has been absent from the starting line-up for the past four matches in all competitions.

Will Ozil be back at his customary place on the right of the attack against Brighton on Sunday? The German World Cup winner's name has been in the transfer rumor mill over a move to Inter as his contract status remains up in the air. At the same time, his place in the team is also up in the air as Arsene Wenger has held him out of the past two Premier League matches as well as Carabao Cup and Europa League ties over the past two weeks. Given that he was inserted as a substitute against West Brom, the notion that his knee is part of the issue seems dubious. Consider Ozil no better than 50/50 to start with the Gunners having played well and more aggressively from the front in his absence.
Sep 29 - 12:42 PM

Mesut Ozil was again absent from Arsene Wenger's starting eleven despite the manager affirming his availability in his pre-match press conference.

Arsenal found success drawing at Stamford Bridge with Mesut Ozil out of the line-up and followed that up with a win against West Brom today with the World Cup winner again left watching. Ozil did come on late but it is worth noting that with Danny Welbeck out injured Arsene Wenger had the perfect opportunity to reinsert the German into the line-up if he was still part of Wenger's preferred eleven. With a Europa Cup match coming on Thursday before what should be a relatively easy match against Bournemouth at the weekend it will be interesting to see what part Ozil plays going forward.
Sep 25 - 5:14 PM

Mesut Ozil was not used in either of Arsenal's past two matches due to a "minor knee inflammation" and Arsene Wenger moved to affirm his status as healthy and available for training and the West Brom match at the weekend.

Mesut Ozil has long been a polarizing figure at Arsenal. Two seasons ago his seeming lack of effort and grit were balanced by a near-record assist-making pace. Last season his production was down significantly but the effort/body language were no better leading many to call for a sale/replacement. This season has started even more poorly for the German international with things getting bad enough that Arsene Wenger hold out his most creative player with a "minor knee inflammation" for the club's match against defending champions Chelsea. It seems like something that most players would have fought through. It sounds like Ozil should be back for West Brom on Monday but there is at least a slight doubt that lingers.
Sep 21 - 11:21 AM

Mesut Ozil has returned to training after missing the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge through injury.

Speaking ahead of the Carabao Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers, Arsène Wenger revealed the German international is training again, but he wouldn’t be involved due to "a little inflammation of his knee." Arsenal don’t play again until Monday evening, which is likely to mean Ozil will be available for selection, although following an impressive team display last weekend I wouldn’t envisage wholesale changes. Danny Welbeck [groin] has been ruled out until after the international break, but Alexis Sanchez is better placed in terms of fitness after more competitive minutes midweek. Francis Coquelin [hamstring] will remain on the sidelines but the Arsenal boss can look to Jack Wilshere who made his first start of the season on Wednesday night.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 20 - 3:30 PM

Arsenal welcomed back a number of injured players to training on Wednesday as Ozil, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, and Jack Wilshere recover from various injuries.

Exactly how many of the players on the above list will be ready for the kickoff tomorrow is unclear. Coquelin, Wilshere, and Mertesacker would likely be no more than reserves even if they were fit for action but Ramsey and Ozil would presumably start against Leicester City if Arsene Wenger deems them healthy enough to participate. In general, Wenger has tended toward conservatism with his squad at the start of seasons so if you have to make any choices before line-ups are released then I'd err on the side of assuming that Ramsey and Ozil will not start.

Arsenal could potentially be missing up-to 11 players when the new Premier League season gets underway on Friday.

The latest news from the treatment room suggests Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are both major doubts having failed to shake off respective ankle and calf injuries. Speaking ahead of Sundays Community Shield, Arsène Wenger revealed that both players "will train on Saturday" but neither did, and it now looks like the Leicester game could come too soon: "I left them all out because some are short of preparation like Sanchez [and Mustafi]. Mesut got a kick on his ankle and it’s swollen so he couldn’t play. He couldn’t practise yesterday. We’ll see but he has a little chance of playing on Friday night. Aaron Ramsey has a chance of playing but I think he could be short as well with a small calf problem." With Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla all sidelined plus Laurent Koscielny suspended, the Arsenal squad is beginning to look a little stretched.
Aug 7 - 5:42 PM

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez struck to give an unimpressive Arsenal victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Boro opened proceedings in fighting form, applying pressure on the visitors and registering a number of attempts on the fit-again Petr Cech's goal before Arsenal even threatened. However, it was the Londoners who led going into the interval courtesy of a sublime strike by Alexis Sanchez from a free-kick. Aside from that action though, the Chilean was quiet all evening, misplacing a number of passes. The hosts struck back after the break through Alvaro Negredo, who finished off an exquisite ball by Stewart Downing. However, in spite of Boro's best efforts, Arsenal's quality shone through even though they never threatened to break into a real sweat. Ramsey controlled the ball with his chest to assist Ozil for the winner from close range. Worries still remain for Arsene Wenger and fantasy managers alike but Arsenal limp on.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 17 - 4:56 PM

Arsenal were a comprehensive disaster as they dropped a 3-0 decision to Sam Allardyce and Crystal Palace.

The loss saw the entire squad under-perform. Ozil and Sanchez passed between themselves but couldn't muster much in the way of danger. Walcott and Welbeck were peripheral. The defense were vulnerable and Emiliano Martinez committed a penalty. You aren't going to get many results when you're lacking at all levels of the pitch.
Apr 10 - 9:54 PM

Mesut Ozil had a goal and an assist as the Gunners dominated the second-half and defeated West Ham 3-0 at the Emirates.

The first-half was dull but Arsenal found their form after the restart to cruise by the Hammers in this edition of the London derby. Ozil broke the deadlock with his sixth goal of the season in the 58th minute before grabbed his seventh assist 10 minutes later when he teed up Theo Walcott for a close-range finish. Olivier Giroud then put the match to bed in the 83rd when he curled a strike past Darren Randolph to give the Gunners, who now sit in 5th place, their first league win since February.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 5 - 6:08 PM

Mesut Ozil played a cameo role for Germany over the international break and should be available for Arsene Wenger as the Gunners host Manchester City in Week 30 action.

Ozil has had a difficult season to say the least. His recent illness and injury woes just underscore a season that wasn't going particularly well even when he was healthy. Throw in a contentious contract situation and it hasn't been the sort of follow-up the German international would have wanted to last season's standout performance. Coming off of the international break with his club needing a huge boost in the race for the top four, Ozil is in a position to finish the season strong and earn a huge new deal or continue to struggle which will likely lead to an acrimonious summer. It really could go either way.
Mar 31 - 2:48 PM

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil's month has only continued to get worse with the German picking up another injury.

The German playmaker is not expected to be available for Germany's World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan on Sunday after sustaining a back injury, according to a statement from the German FA: "Mesut Ozil is suffering from back problems and sat out the final training session in Kamen this morning." Ozil already missed Wednesday's friendly against England due to a hamstring injury and has missed much of the month due to illness. Despite not even playing during the international break, Ozil could return to Arsenal in worse shape than he left.
Source: Daily Star
Mar 26 - 10:31 AM

Mesut Ozil's miserable 2017 continues as he will miss out on the Germany-England friendly on Wednesday with a hamstring issue.

Ozil has been missing recently for Arsenal due to an illness. Unless it was a severe illness, the week-to-week details of his situation don't necessarily seem to match up. He missed matches against Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Lincoln City and West Brom with the illness being the only definitive report available. If illness transitioned to hamstring injury it happened without a definitive report to that effect on the team web site which lists only Elneny and Cazorla as absentees. Between Ozil and Sanchez absences things are exceptionally fishy on the transparency front at Arsenal right now.
Mar 21 - 2:51 PM

Mesut Ozil continues to recover from the illness that saw him miss out against Liverpool and Bayern Munich and he may miss out against Lincoln City as well.

Ozil has been the subject of increased scrutiny over the past few months. After a strong campaign in 2015-16 where the assists were flowing all season, his end product has declined significantly. Combine that with body language that has never been great and his campaigning for a massive contract extension and you have all the makings of a media firestorm. Expect Ozil to be back for Week 29 in the Premier League as he attempts to rebuild his value in push for his next big contract.
Mar 10 - 7:09 PM

Arsenal will have to wait on the health of Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck for the FA Cup weekend.

Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that there is a bug running through the team, which ruled out Iwobi and Welbeck from the Champions League loss to Bayern Munich this week. Now, it remains unclear whether the trio will be available to face Lincoln in the FA Cup quarterfinals this weekend. Said Wenger: "I haven’t decided yet, [Ozil] still felt not too well after the game. I will see in training how he feels and I haven’t decided on the team that will start the game on Saturday...I believe that we have two uncertainties: Welbeck, who had to come off after the warm-up against Bayern due to sickness, and Iwobi, who on the day of the game couldn’t turn up as well due to the same problem."
Mar 10 - 9:06 AM