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Mesut Ozil | Midfielder | #11

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 168

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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

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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

Mesut Özil faces a race against time to be fit for trip to Bournemouth after missing the win over Crystal Palace due to illness.

Speaking during the build-up to game week 19, Arsène Wenger suggested there were "one or two uncertainties with flu" but the Arsenal boss wasn’t prepared to name those players. When the team sheets were handed in on Sunday, it soon became apparent that Özil was one of those and his availability on Tuesday remains questionable. Aaron Ramsey was also said to be struggling, although he managed minutes from the bench. The Gunners were able to welcome Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Shkodran Mustafi back into the match day squad, and the pair will be hoping for more game time given the quick turnaround between matches. Theo Walcott [calf] and Kieran Gibbs [knee] remain doubts while Mo Elneny won’t feature after leaving for the African Cup of Nations. Danny Welbeck is training with the first team but Wenger may prefer to build the England internationals fitness with the Under-23s.
Source: talkSPORT
Jan 2 - 7:00 PM

Arsenal took the initial lead but gave Tottenham the chance to equalize with a penalty kick as the rival North London clubs played to a 1-1 final at The Emirates.

Both sides traded blows, creating chances in the opposition's final third. Tottenham looked the stronger side from the start, but Arsenal began to dictate the flow as the half wore on. Alex Iwobi had a chance to score his first league goal, after being teed up by Alexis Sanchez, but his shot did not have enough pace behind it to beat Hugo Lloris. Theo Walcott then had a shot clang off the post. The Gunners got their lead when Mesut Ozil sent a free kick into the box and it was turned in for an own goal. Laurent Koscielny committed a foul in the box to give Spurs the equalizer with a penalty conversion. Petr Cech came up with a big save from a Christian Eriksen strike and the Dane had another effort hit the post, or it could have been a late loss for Arsenal. Instead, the derby ended with the deserved result.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 09:15:00 AM

Mesut Ozil completed Arsenal's comeback win in the dying minutes as the Gunners won 3-2 in Sophia over Ludogorets.

Arsenal looked like they were going to have a disastrous European outing reminiscent of last season when they went down 2-0 within 15 minutes. First Granit Xhaka and then Olivier Giroud scored to equalize by halftime. It looked like the sides would have to split the points until Mesut Ozil latched on to a long ball, chipped the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper and navigated two diving defenders to slot home the winner.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 08:53:00 PM

Arsenal put Ludogorets to the sword 6-0 at the Emirates in Champions League action on Wednesday with Alexis opening the scoring and Ozil capping it off with a hat trick.

The early goals all came from different sources as Alexis and then Theo Walcott scored in the first half. Arsenal showed their intent to distance themselves from their competition when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored almost immediately upon the resumption of action in the second half. With the lead already 3-0, Mesut Ozil took over and scored a hat trick to take it to 6-0. The hat trick was the first of Ozil's career.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 04:51:00 PM

Mesut Ozil moved quickly to allay injury fears after the German playmaker was replaced at half-time during the 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Other than a minor ankle knock for Hector Bellerin, Arsenal players had enjoyed a relatively trouble free international break. So, according to the Law of Murphy, it came as no surprise that Ozil was substituted after 45 minutes in final group of World Cup Qualifiers before game week eight to send social media into meltdown. But, responding no doubt to the countless enquiries regarding his well-being, the 27-year-old posted an update via Twitter to help pacify his 13+ million followers: ‘Thanks for taking care because of my substitution but everything is all right guys 😉👍 #GERNIR #DieMannschaft’ The news will be welcomed in London, and overall [barring any last minute problems] the break has served Arsenal well – Coquelin and Perez have returned to full training while Giroud and Ramsey re-joined the group although their involvement in GW8 remains questionable.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 05:28:00 AM

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.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 05:08:00 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
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 12:29:00 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.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 12:06:00 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
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 01:57:00 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
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 01:58:00 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.
Fri, May 13, 2016 03:04:00 PM