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Mesut Ozil | Midfielder | #10

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 154

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Arsenal made it nine successive wins in all competitions on Sunday after the Gunners swept London-rivals Fulham aside without their influential play maker Mesut Ozil.
The German star was a surprise absentee from the matchday squad as there had been no mention of an issue prior to kick-off. Ozil enjoyed a 25-minute cameo on Thursday in Europa League and had been expected to start at Craven Cottage, but manager Unai Emery confirmed the player had a back spasm ruling him out of the game. "Yesterday he came in with pain and he cannot train yesterday or play today." Having retired from international football, Ozil can focus on his recovery during the break with the aim of being fit for the clash with Leicester City when Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures resume on October 22. Alex Iwobi came into the side, but it was second half substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang who had the biggest say in the outcome scoring three times in the last 23 minutes to secure a comfortable 5-1 victory. Oct 8 - 6:03 PM
Source: Arsenal FC

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Arsenal will move above Watford in the table thanks to a 2-0 home win.

Despite contract talks halting, Aaron Ramsey got the start for the Gunners as they welcomed the high flying Hornets to the Emirates. It was an open game to start with both sides missing chances early but going into the half, it was Arsenal that suffered the first blow with Petr Cech going off right before halftime with an injured hamstring. New signing Bernd Leno would come on to replace him for his Premier League debut. After the half, it looked like Watford would get the goal but thanks to missed chances and a few impressive stops from Leno, the Hornets were unable to make a breakthrough. In the 80th minute, the tides changed as Craig Cathcart challenged Alexandre Lacazette on goal and ended up backheeling it into his own net for an own-goal. Minutes later, Mesut Ozil wouldn't miss after he was teed up by Lacazette to secure the victory.
Sep 29 - 12:00 PM

Mesut Ozil has trained all week after recovering from his mystery illness but it isn't certain that he will start against Cardiff City in Week 4 action.

The World Cup winner has been at the center of a swirling controversy over his rumored displeasure over Unai Emery's expectations and style of play. Ozil missed out last weekend due to either illness or a bust-up with Emery depending on what report you believe. It will be educational to see if Ozil is restored to the starting line-up for this weekend or if Emery continues to make a point by keeping him on the bench in favor of players he sees as a better fit for his preferred style. This one could go either way so plan accordingly.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 31 - 2:10 PM

Mesut Ozil was once again at the center of controversy as he was either absent or ill over the weekend for Unai Emery's first win as manager.

It isn't easy being Mesut Ozil. A player with undoubted talents who also has some undoubted weaknesses. Having just been signed to a lucrative contract extension, it would seem that Unai Emery would be best served finding a role for the World Cup winner but that doesn't seem to be the trajectory things are headed in at currently. The rumors of a rift between player and manager are everywhere and there are very reasonable questions about his potential role going forward at the Emirates. It is certainly too early to abandon Ozil in draft leagues but certainly anyone still holding him in salary cap leagues should be dropping him despite Arsenal's generous upcoming fixture schedule.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 27 - 12:33 PM

Arsenal made one enforced change for the visit of London-rivals West Ham United on Saturday after Mesut Ozil was lay low due to illness.

The club’s biggest earner has faced a lot of flack during the opening weeks of the new campaign following his lacklustre start with many calling for the German to be dropped. However, the decision was taken out of Unai Emery’s hands when Ozil came down with a virus, his seventh separate episode since January 2017. There had been no mention of any problems during Thursdays pre-match conference, but the rumour mill was in full flow following his absence from the training ground in the final session on Friday. Contract rebel Aaron Ramsey has been told to forget about negotiations and only focus on ‘training and only on the match’, and the Wales star has been handed his chance, in a game the Gunners, can ill-afford to lose.
Aug 25 - 9:55 AM

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."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 7 - 5:19 PM

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