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Mesut Ozil | Midfielder | #11

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 168

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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

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 03:40:00 PM

Mesut Ozil added two more assists to his league-leading total and Arsenal recovered from a poor first half to dominate Swansea in the second half for a 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium.

The script looked similar to the one that played out at Vicarage Road a few weeks back with Arsenal struggling mightily in the first half and limping into halftime with supporters fearing that they'd drop points. As they did at Vicarage Road, Arsenal roared out after the break and scored a 3-0 victory. Mesut Ozil was the primary provider as he served up goals for Oliver Giroud and Joel Campbell. Laurent Koscielny took advantage of a Lukasz Fabianski error for Arsenal's second.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 01:19:00 PM

Mesut Ozil's assist on Olivier Giroud's header to open the scoring against Everton marked his seventh PL assist of the season putting him all alone in the lead for the season.

Mesut Ozil has been a target for a great deal of criticism since his arrival at Arsenal but his current form certainly isn't the cause. Starting with the 5-2 win over Leicester City at the end of September Ozil has five assists in Arsenal's past four matches. He may never be a prolific goal scorer and he's never going to look like he is working hard because that's just how he looks but the results have been there not only recently but since he arrived. According to @OptaJoe Ozil is the career Premier League leader in Assists/Match. Assuming he can stay healthy he looks like a good bet to lead the league over the course of the season.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 05:14:00 PM

Arsenal have defeated Everton 2-1 at The Emirates after goals from Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud.

Mesut Ozil set up Giroud brilliantly for Arsenal's first goal and played overall brilliantly to lead Arsenal to another win. Ozil has been in great form lately and figures to be a top fantasy play in the coming weeks. Everton had multiple chances to equalize late on but Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku both blew chances. Arsenal find themselves in first place now but Manchester City are yet to play tomorrow.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 02:40:00 PM

Olivier Giroud scored another goal as a substitute and Mesut Ozil iced the game as time expired and Arsenal shocked heretofore undefeated Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League.

It looked like a daunting task for a group that dropped their first two Champions League matches to Zagreb and Olympiacos but Arsenal managed to do what no one else has done in a competitive match this season in any competition, beat Bayern Munich. Arsenal managed only 30% of the possession but they did a lot with it forcing a couple of excellent saves from Manuel Neuer in addition to the two goals from Giroud and Ozil. Arsenal are still long shots to qualify with Olympiocos and Bayern on seven points and Arsenal and Zagreb both at four with three matches left but at least they've given themselves a chance.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 04:50:00 PM

Mesut Ozil didn't score this time out but he provided assists on Arsenal's first two goals as the Gunners labored to a 3-0 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.

The scoreline was the same in Week 9 as it was in Week 8 but getting there couldn't have been any different. Against Manchester United, Arsenal flew to a 3-0 lead. Against Watford, Arsenal took their time getting into the swing of things offensively as the Hornets parked the bus effectively early. Arsenal finally broke through in the second half as Ozil took a deft touch in the box and shifted the ball to Alexis for an easy goal. Ozil helped Arsenal double their lead as he retrieved a ball in the box and centered it to substitute Olivier Giroud who rocketed it into the roof of the net. Aaron Ramsey rounded out the scoring as he scored his first goal of the season from a Hector Bellerin assist. It took a while to look pretty for the Gunners but it got there eventually.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 02:27:00 PM

Mesut Ozil had two great chances but one was judged to be offside and the other went just wide as Germany dropped a shocking 1-0 decision to Ireland in Dublin in Euro2016 qualifying.

Ozil was correctly judged to be offside in the first half when a ball came in from the wing. Whether or not Ozil touched it, he certainly interfered with the play so the call was a good one. Ozil's second big chance came from a ball at the edge of the box that he fired just wide. The loss leaves Germany only a single point ahead of Poland and the Republic of Ireland with one qualifying match to be played. With the Republic of Georgia the World Cup holders' final opponent they should top the group but perhaps not as comfortably as they might have hoped for.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 02:58:00 PM