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Mesut Ozil | Midfielder | #11

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 168

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Mesut Ozil created a goal and scored a second as Arsenal sprinted to a 3-0 first half lead and held on to beat Watford 3-1 at Vicarage Road.
Ozil was back doing what he does best in his first start of the season. His excellent ball in for Alexis Sanchez early saw the Chilean fouled in the box rather than allow him to make the attempt on goal. Santi Cazorla converted the penalty. Ozil finished Arsenal's scoring as well with Alexis, who scored Arsenal's second from a Walcott assist, crossing for a wide open Ozil to head home. Arsenal weren't as good in the second half but only conceded once in the second half to take all three points back to North London. Aug 27 - 12:00 PM
Source: espnfc.com

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Arsene Wenger indicated in his press conference that it would be a last minute decision as to whether Mesut Ozil would be ready to start on Saturday.

We know that Ozil is sharp enough to participate because he came on and was bright in a cameo against Leicester City last weekend. Heading into Week 3, the question is whether he has achieved sufficient fitness to start against the Hornets at Vicarage Road. Wenger has traditionally been conservative when it comes to these decisions and with an international break coming up, it wouldn't be a surprise if Ozil were to contribute off the bench for a second week in a row.
Aug 26 - 5:08 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that he may take a gamble on one or all of Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal face defending champions Leicester City on Saturday.

With injuries all around the Arsenal squad, Laurent Koscielny seems most likely to be forced back into action as the duo of Calum Chambers and Rob Holding wasn't up to the task of containing a top Premier League attack. With Leicester City boasting similar talent in Vardy, Musa, Gray and Mahrez the France international may be rushed back to try to add solidity in the face of a dangerous attack. Ozil and Giroud are more likely to come off the bench than start but after a rough opener and injuries to Ramsey and Iwobi, Wenger may be feeling pressure to start all three.
Source: @BenDinnery
Aug 18 - 12:29 PM

Mesut Ozil missed a penalty in today's Germany - Italy quarter-final match but the Germans are progressing to the semi-finals.

It was a great match between the two teams and it took penalties to decide it. After a 1-1 regular time score, the match headed to penalties, where each team took nine! Germany started rough, with Muller and Ozil missing the second and third penalties, but they recovered in time to win it 6-5. They will face the winner of France and Iceland in the semi-finals.
Jul 3 - 12:06 AM

Germany put on perhaps the most dominant performance by any one country in any one match thus far in Euro 2016, carving up Slovakia 3-0, punching their ticket to the quarterfinal.

A very positive display by the Germans that has to leave spectators thinking they may be the favorites to win this tournament. In the 8th minute, Toni Kroos sent a cross in that was headed away but into the path of Jerome Boateng and the center back fired it low and hard to score the opener. Near halftime, Julian Draxler crossed one to Mario Gomez who was camped out in the six yard box and he finished from short range. The Germans seemed to preserve their energy in the second half, concentrating more on possession, but, just after the hour mark, they put the game to bed when Draxler was left unmarked on a corner kick and fired home on the volley. The only negative came from Mesut Ozil, who was unable to convert a penalty chance, but he was doing fine otherwise in open play.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 1:57 PM

Germany managed to score just once, though it could have been so much more, but it was enough to beat Northern Ireland, 1-0, and top Group C in Euro '16.

Thomas Muller, who had been quiet in the first two matches of the group stage was a constant threat throughout the match with Northern Ireland and he would get the assist on the lone goal by Mario Gomez. He had a big chance in the 8th minute after being set up by Mesut Ozil but Michael McGovern made himself big and kept out the shot. Muller pulled one inches wide on 23 minutes and then hit the post four minutes after that. He finally got a deserved contribution in the 29th minute, after Gomez played a 1-2 with him and Gomez found the back of the net for his first international goal since Euro '12. The Germans could have made this a 4-0 or 5-0 affair but they have to be feeling good about how the attack was looking tonight and were able to top their group.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 21 - 1:58 PM

Arsenal will have Mesut Ozil back for the visit of relegated Aston Villa after the German missed the Week 37 trip to the Etihad with a hip injury.

Arsenal weren't prolific in creating chances against Manchester City in Week 37 with only two created but their efficiency must have made the German World Cup winner's eyes water. Arsenal converted both chances and took a point from the match. If his teammates were half as ruthless with the fruits of Ozil's creativity all season the he would have blown the assists record away and the Gunners would likely have won the league. Be that as it may, Ozil is a strong fantasy option in salary cap leagues given Arsenal's need to win to secure third and the weak nature of their opposition.
May 13 - 3:04 PM

Arsene Wenger confirms Mesut Ozil will be assessed after the German midfielder limped off at Goodison Park in the early kick-off.

Arsenal cruised past Everton to maintain their slender hopes of winning the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 win. However, the victory was marred by the sight of Ozil walking gingerly to the sidelines on 74 minutes after being caught by John Stones. Fortunately, following an initial assessment the injury does not appear to be too serious: "It looks more like a kick than a ligament injury," said Wenger post-match. There were also concerns momentarily when David Ospina stayed down for treatment after taking a clattering from Romelu Lukaku. Despite seeing out the remainder of the game, the Colombian was in obvious discomfort. Thankfully Petr Cech is expected to return for the next round of Premier League matches.
Source: The Metro
Mar 19 - 11:43 AM

Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott all had chances but none could breach Fraser Forster's goal as Arsenal dropped two points in the nil-nil home draw.

On another day, this would have been a decisive win for the Gunners but between finishing that wasn't quite clinical enough and strong work from the Southampton goalkeeper, it wasn't to be. Arsenal were the only team in the top six not to win on Tuesday pushing them to fourth in the table with Manchester City and West Ham closing rapidly. Arsenal are struggling to score goals despite the fact that they are relatively healthy for the first time in recent memory. Not good news for fantasy managers owning Arsenal players nor for Arsenal supporters hoping for a title.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 2 - 4:56 PM

Mesut Ozil's surprising omission against Stoke City in Week 22 should be a one-time thing as he will reportedly be available to start against Chelsea in Week 23.

Arsenal, shorn of their creative superstar, struggled to generate a strong attack against the Potters and ended up dropping two points in a nil-nil draw that featured few outstanding chances. Ozil will be back for the high profile match in Week 23 against defending champions and hardest-team-in-the-Premier-League-to-figure-out Chelsea. He is a must-start in just about every fantasy format any time he starts this season and this weekend is no different given how porous Chelsea's defense has been.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 5:03 PM

Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League table thanks to a point against Stoke but it could’ve been much more if injury hadn’t denied Mesut Ozil his chance of shining at The Britannia.

While the world anticipated the potential return of Alexis Sanchez, it was the absence of Ozil which sparked the media meltdown. The German international was not: "100 per cent" due to (minor) foot inflammation but this seasons’ leading goal provider is fully expected to recover in time for the visit of Chelsea. Similarly, for Sanchez who missed out despite being given "a 60:40 chance," of making the squad. Ultimately his inclusion was deemed too much of a "gamble." The pair could be joined by Tomas Rosicky (knee surgery) who has just returned to full training after more than seven months out.
Source: The Express
Jan 18 - 7:21 AM

Arsene Wenger elected to rest Mesut Ozil and Arsenal were clearly missing a spark as they were held scoreless at the Britannia.

With Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both out Arsenal just weren't quite the same. There was no reported injury for Ozil but with so many other injuries, he has been counted on heavily. Two dropped points are a small price to pay if it means avoiding a significant injury down the line.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 17 - 2:41 PM

Mesut Ozil terrorized Bournemouth all afternoon while Petr Cech took sole possession of the Premier League cllllean sheet record as Arsenal cruised past Bournemouth 2-0 at the Emirates.

Arsenal went temporarily top of the table after beating the Cherries 2-0. Ozil got an easy assist when Gabriel crashed through the box unmarked to head home from the German's corner. A beautiful interchange with Olivier Giroud saw Ozil score the second for the Gunners who went on to win by that score.
Source: Espnfc.com
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 02:28:00 PM

Mesut Ozil assisted on both of Arsenal's goals and they withstood a late Yaya Toure-fueled assault by Manchester City to win 2-1 at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil was at his best again pushing his assist total for the season to 15 as Arsenal beat Manchester City in the clash of the second and third place teams in the table. The first assist required that Theo Walcott did most of the work as he came in from the left hand side of the attack at the top of the box to curl one Henry-like to Joe Hart's far post. The second one was more incisive for Olivier Giroud but still required a great finish from the in-form Frenchman to put the Gunners up 2-0. They spurned a few chances in the second half through Aaron Ramsey and Joel Campbell but held on to stay within two points of league-leading Leicester City.
Source: espnfc.com
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Friendlies between Germany and Holland as well as Belgium and Spain have been cancelled due to security concerns following the attacks in Paris on Friday.

The reasons behind the cancellations, the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, are tragic. From that point of view, there are no winners here. As we eventually turn our attention from the real world matters that led to the cancellations to on-the-pitch impact, club teams will certainly not be upset that their players were spared an extra competitive match. Given that Euro2016 qualifying is complete with the exception of a few playoff matches, many top tier senior players were rested anyway but the cancellation will represent a nice break for players who are, to quote Arsene Wenger, getting "into the red".
Source: espnfc.com
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 03:40:00 PM