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Mesut Ozil | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 168

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Mesut Ozil wasn't the star of Arsenal's 3-0 win over West Ham but he played a key role despite what the score sheet might say.
Ozil's day on paper reads as follows: one shot on target, two successful crosses, two fouls won. Not much to look at really but the reality speaks to a player who was in the middle of some strong attacking moves, it just wasn't his day to pick up either the goals or the assists. He was the proverbial man-behind-the-man-behind-the-man. That doesn't give much solace to fantasy managers this week but for those who own him in single ownership formats or have him cheap in salary cap leagues, it's a great sign that the more tangible successes are likely just around the corner. Mar 17 - 10:05 AM

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Mesut Ozil scored for the second straight league match to give Arsenal the initial 0-1 advantage over Tottenham but Spurs would eventually rally to beat their rivals 2-1.

It was only the second time in his Arsenal career that Ozil scored in back-to-back matches, a sign that perhaps we are set to see a good run of form from a player who has been generally disappointing since his arrival to the PL, at least when compared to the expectations. The goal came on a quick counter strike when Danny Welbeck very easily sprinted past Danny Rose and crossed into Olivier Giroud in the middle, Giroud took a single touch that appeared to be meant as a shot on target but he scuffed it perfectly into the path of a wide open Ozil out left, who side footed it home. Arsenal found their chances dwindle as the game wore on and after going on to lose, looked like a team that needed Alexis Sanchez back quickly. Winning without him against the likes of Villa is one thing, but they missed him in this one.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 7 - 10:16 AM

For players of the Yahoo fantasy game, Mesut Ozil is priced at 5.34 after a long lay-off and a -2 showing in his first match back as a substitute.

Mesut Ozil looks to be a potentially huge bargain as he returns to full health. Ozil's price is low due to a few factors with his disappointing early-season results and a long injury layoff being the two major culprits. If Ozil returns to his best, this is a huge bargain. Managers might be well-advised to think twice before investing in anything more than a bench role until we know what role he'll play and that he can overcome those early-season displays in that role.
Jan 14 - 1:04 PM

Mesut Ozil is fit again at long last and ready to be included in Arsenal's squad for the Week 21 visit of Mark Hughes and Stoke City.

As with Theo Walcott, who was brought back slowly after his various leg injuries, Mesut Ozil may be eased back into action in an effort to ensure he doesn't suffer a relapse or a related injury. With Santi Cazorla playing well in Ozil's best position, Arsene Wenger may elect to start Cazorla and have Ozil come in after 60 or so minutes to dip his toe back in the competitive waters. Once Ozil is ready to play 90 minutes again, there will be some interesting line-up choices with Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, and Alexis Sanchez all competing for playing time. Maybe Sanchez can finally get that much needed rest.
Jan 9 - 1:37 PM

Mesut Ozil was spotted heading to a training session before the weekend win over Newcastle and is hopeful that he will return sooner than the January estimate.

There isn't a great deal of time between now and the suggested January return date that has been mooted for Mesut Ozil's return from his knee ligament injury. That said, returning in the early part of January would be a big boost for Arsene Wenger's men. Ozil told Arsenal's internal media group "I am working every day to get myself fit and I am on the right path now. It won't be much too much longer before I am back on the pitch. I hope to be back training with the whole team again as soon as possible." Make of that what you will.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:12:00 AM

The German Football Federation confirmed on Wednesday that Mesut Ozil could be ruled out until next year after a scan revealed knee ligament damage.

Ozil arrived in Germany on Monday but was rested following Sundays Premier League match against Chelsea but concerns were raised when the player complained of a problem in his knee. The Arsenal midfielder was immediately withdrawn from training and remained at the teams’ hotel for further assessment. Following a more thorough examination by renowned national team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich the diagnosis was a partial tear of the lateral [outer] band which would typically require six weeks of immobilisation plus around 4-6 weeks of rehabilitation meaning a return this year is unlikely. Ozil joins Aaron Ramsey in the treatment room but the Gunners can at least count on the impending return of Mikel Arteta while Theo Walcott is not far away.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 01:30:00 PM

Mesut Ozil continued his re-awakening with a solid attacking performance for Arsenal in Week 6 against Spurs.

The German play-maker had been slumping until his breakout effort against Aston Villa in Week 5. While he didn't reach those heights in Week 6 neither was he the peripheral figure that we saw in Weeks 1-4 either. The World Cup winner managed a shot on target, a corner won, and three successful crosses while being fouled three times as well. He looked even better once he moved infield and Alexis Sanchez came on.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 04:22:00 PM

Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck each had a goal and an assist in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ozil scored the first goal of the game off a great through ball from Danny Welbeck in the 33rd minute. Less than two minutes later Ozil returned the favor, assisting on Welbeck's first goal for the Gunners since joining the team earlier this month. An own goal in the 36th minute sealed the deal as Arsenal allowed Villa just 37 percent possession and two shots on goal. The Gunners will face Tottenham at home next weekend and Villa will play on the road at Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:25:00 PM

Mesut Ozil is ready to go for Arsenal after returning from international duty early with an ankle sprain.

Mesut Ozil hasn't been at his best for Arsenal thus far this season but he is still part of their best starting line-up and his fitness for the match with City will be important to the Gunners' chances of picking up critical points. Arsene Wenger indicated in his Friday press conference that Ozil should be fit to go. Given the opposition, he isn't necessarily a great fantasy option but he will at least be playing.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Ozil will be included in the squad for Week 2 at Everton but he is more likely to be on the bench than start.

Arsenal have been very careful with the returns of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski after their World Cup-winning summers. Wenger has indicated that his Germans are ready to be involved on Saturday but the implication in his statement is that they are most likely to be on the bench for Week 2. In fantasy formats where you have to make a decision before line-ups are announced then the prudent move will be to wait until Week 3 to include either Mertesacker or Ozil.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski will start training on Monday, August 11 after recovering from their World Cup-winning exertions.

While it has yet to be confirmed by the club, it seems likely that all three Germans will be held out of Arsenal's season-opening match. Their status beyond Week 1 is uncertain. None of the three are carrying any reported injuries so their participation will depend entirely on how quickly they round into shape.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 12:32:00 PM

Germany Starting XI: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Müller, Kroos, Özil; Klose.

Germany is putting out the same lineup that trashed Brazil in the semi-finals. Veteran striker Miroslav Klose will lead the line while Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil will provide support from the sides. Argentina is a lot better than Germany, so expect a much slower game today.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 02:05:00 PM

Germany Starting XI: Neuer, Hoewedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng.

Germany lines up the same way they did in the quarter-final, with Miroslav Klose up top and Thomas Muller on the side. Philipp Lahm will play as a right-back once again as Germany tries to make the World Cup Final.
Source: FIFA
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 02:58:00 PM

Algeria gave Germany all they could handle and forced a goalless affair after 90 minutes, but the German's class eventually shone through as they scored twice in extra time to win 2-1.

The story of the first 90 minutes belonged to each side's keepers as Manuel Neuer made some interesting decisions but got the job done regardless as he touched the ball outside of the box on at least 18 occasions. The lack of an out and out striker seemed to once again stifle their attack, but credit to Algeria for excellent defending and keeping. In extras, it was Andre Schurrle who grabbed the opener, directing a Thomas Muller cross with a backheel into the net. Ozil then put the game away with a goal to make up for an otherwise poor game. It turned out to be the game-winner as Algeria scored quickly to make it 2-1.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Miroslav Klose came on as a second half substitute and scored a game-equalizing goal to save Germany from a disaster and help them to a 2-2 draw against Ghana.

There have been many great matches in this World Cup but this one was one for the books. Germany took the lead in the second half through a Mario Gotze goal but Ghana bounced back quickly and took a 2-1 lead through Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan. Second half substitute Miroslav Klose scored the equalizer after the ball was headed down to him following a corner. He is now tied with Ronaldo for the most goals in World Cup matches at 15. Arsenal star Mesut Ozil played the entire match but looked extremely exhausted by the end. He will need to rest before Germany's final match against the United States on Thursday.
Source: FIFA
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 05:02:00 PM