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Mesut Ozil | Midfielder | #10

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 154

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Mesut Özil will miss the friendly against Saudi Arabia as a precaution after picking up a knee injury.
The German playmaker missed his domestic season run-in after aggravating a back problem in the Europa League semi-final second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid at the beginning of May. But following his month-long layoff, Özil was back in action on Saturday, scoring the opener against Austria. However, his night ended early after he was forced off with a ‘new injury’ which has restricted his training this week, although some running exercises were possible. The German Football Federation confirmed Özil would not be risked on Friday due to a minor bruise on his left knee. The World Champions begin their defence on June 17 against Mexico, and despite the setback, team director Oliver Bierhoff is expecting Özil to be okay for the finals: "It's nothing dramatic, we just don't want to take any risks and he was able to sprint in training. I assume he will be okay for the World Cup." Jun 7 - 5:19 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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Mesut Ozil looks to have kicked his final ball of the domestic season after picking up a back injury.

Ozil was lambasted by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown following his poor performance in Madrid on Thursday and suggested the Germany international wouldn’t feature in any of the remaining matches: "Somebody needed to grab him a long time ago, to give him a shake and say, 'We're trying to get the ball to you. We are working for you, but you're not working for us.' I bet he doesn't play again this season. He'll have some emotional breakdown and won't be able to play at the weekend. I don't know how many illnesses he's had this season, but the fella is not kidding me." And so it proved, as Arsène Wenger confirmed prior to kick-off on Sunday that Ozil had suffered "a recurrence of his back problem," ruling him out the final three matches. "How long is he out, I don't know. I don't think he'll be available for the rest of the season."
May 6 - 5:23 PM

With the Europa League far more important to the success of Arsenal's season, it is reasonable to wonder if Mesut Ozil will play this weekend.

Yes, Arsene Wenger has promised a representative starting line-up against the Hammers, presumably in an effort to hold off hard charging Burnley and eliminate the embarrassing possibility of finishing behind the cash-poor Clarets in the final standings. Whether that is enough for Wenger to risk his German World Cup Winner against the Hammers with the Europa League semi-final test against Atletico is another question entirely. Ozil's likelihood of playing should be viewed skeptically and caution should be applied to fantasy and betting situations.
Apr 20 - 4:39 PM

Mesut Ozil faces a race against time to be fit for this weekends Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger was speaking ahead of his sides Europa League second-leg tie versus Ostersunds FK on Thursday night, and the Gunners boss provided a mixed injury update. Aaron Ramsey has made a timely return to the training pitches, and despite reports to the contrary, the Wales international still has a chance of making the squad. "He had a good training session but [his fitness] is a bit short. We’ll see how his evolution goes. I don’t rule him out yet, it depends how well he can improve his intensity," said Wenger. Alexandre Lacazette is also ahead in terms of his recovery from knee surgery which could see him return in early March. Mesut Ozil "should" be okay for the final having just re-joined the squad, the German playmaker was bed-ridden on Monday and Tuesday in what was his 6th reported illness within the past year [the most reported of any Premier League player].
Feb 21 - 9:08 AM

Things seem to be settling down at the Emirates with news that Mesut Ozil will be staying a further three seasons.

After playing the first half of the season under a cloud of their best two players being on expiring contracts, there is stability at Arsenal. Mesut Ozil has resigned while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang have arrived. There is still work to do at the base of midfield, at center back and in goal but there is, at least, an attacking platform to build on.
Jan 31 - 7:52 AM

Mesut Ozil had a strong run of form interrupted by a knee injury but could be back for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday but the words Wenger used in his press conference were hardly unequivocal.

Whereas the language used to discuss Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal indicated a strong likelihood that both would be available on Saturday and likely starting, the language around Mesut Ozil was slightly less certain. This may be splitting hairs to some extent but the feeling coming out of the press conference is that if the two center backs are 90% likely to feature, Ozil might be something more on the order of 75% likely. If you're playing the odds then expect all three to start. If you are risk averse or have other options (from a fantasy point of view) then maybe be a bit more conservative with Ozil.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 10:54 AM

Mesut Ozil's knee has him questionable to participate at Bournemouth on Sunday with Arsene Wenger rating him as "50/50" to feature.

With Arsenal needing a win badly, Arsene Wenger may be looking to rush the German World Cup Winner back a little quicker than he might ordinarily. After going out of the FA Cup and failing to generate a great attack against Chelsea in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, he will be looking for the return of the Ozil who has been impressing in recent weeks. For fantasy purposes, the uncertainty around Ozil's participation should drive managers to caution if forced into decisions before line-ups are released on Sunday.
Jan 12 - 2:23 PM

Mesut Ozil scored in the 23rd minute for the only goal of the match as Arsenal beat Newcastle at the Emirates.

It was another frustrating performance for the Gunners as they dominated but couldn't kill off the match. They will be satisfied with a much needed three points but will need to finish attacks better if they hope to end the season back in the Champions League.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 12:02:00 PM

Mesut Ozil returned to the starting line-up after missing the win over Burnley with an illness and he looked healthy as he scored a goal and provided two assists as Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

The Gunners scored early the match and then went quiet for a long stretch including some shaky defending. Ultimately, they righted the ship and poured on the class in the second half as goals from Olivier Giroud (twice), Alexis Sanchez, and Mesut Ozil sealed the win for the Gunners. The final scoreline will certainly not reflect the great work from the Terriers in the first half.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 04:37:00 PM

Arsene Wenger is hoping that Mesut Ozil has recovered sufficiently from his illness to train on Tuesday and then feature for the Gunners against Huddersfield Town on Wednesday in Week 14 Premier League action.

Funny how quickly sentiment changes in the Premier League. Mere weeks ago the German World Cup winner was on the outside looking in with an injury nobody was sure was real and, frankly, no one was particularly upset about. One great match against north London rivals Spurs and all of a sudden Ozil's absence is a crucial miss for Wenger. The truth, of course, lies somewhere in-between. Arsenal could use Ozil's quality as they try to break down an organized Terriers side that have proven a tough nut to crack despite a decided lack of high end talent.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Mesut Ozil will miss the Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town on Wednesday after being struck down with a bout of flu.

The German playmaker travelled with the squad to Burnley on Saturday but fell ill during the night and he was omitted from the match-day squad: "I haven’t even seen him," replied Arsene Wenger when asked how Ozil was feeling. "The doctor came to see me and said [he] had to travel back. He was in the hotel with us. We brought Maitland-Niles, who arrived at 1pm, because we were only 17 [without Mesut]. Will he be available for Wednesday? Certainly, he will be short." Alex Iwobi benefited in what was the only change from the side from side which beat Tottenham in the north London derby, but the Nigeria international was replaced on 67 minutes as Arsenal struggled to breakdown a resolute Burnley defence. Looking ahead to midweek, Wenger has hinted in recent weeks that Jack Wilshere is ready and he could be handed his first league start of the campaign.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 04:40:00 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 03:49:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 12:42:00 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.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 05:14:00 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.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 11:21:00 AM