Stories about Mesut Ozil

Who will emerge victorious in the Arsenal-Manchester United clash?

Arsenal and Manchester United have always shared a memorable, long-enduring rivalry, one which acquired a new spit of fire during the tenures of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson.  But that era has long since departed, and both Arsenal and Manchester United currently find themselves in a bit of a fix. The likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have raised the bar of the English Premier League (EPL), a bar which seems insurmountable for Arsenal and Manchester United. Both clubs currently sit outside the top four in the EPL table and, if either club truly harbours ambitions of booking ...

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Is removing Unai Emery the answer to Arsenal’s Premier League woes?

After an abysmal showing at Vicarage Road over the weekend, it looks like Arsenal’s title chances in this year’s Premier League could well be over even before they had a chance to cross the first hurdle. In a league which features heavy hitters and unrelenting sides like Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, this deeply flawed Arsenal team simply does not look like they will be able to go to toe with England’s top clubs. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the criticism has been aimed at the manager, Unai Emery, who has so far failed to impress after Arsene Wenger’s departure ...

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Racism overshadowed Ozil in Germany, but at Arsenal, a season of magic awaits

In the summer of 2010, Mesut Ozil burst onto the scene of international football. Already making waves at Werder Bremen, the then 21-year-old playmaker became the fuel for the German machine. His creativity and pace went on to define German football for the next six years, with Ozil being a vital part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad. It was also that summer that my obsession began with Ozil. His creativity and pace defined German football but his relentlessness and commitment defined why I fell in love with the sport. The five-time German Player of the Year, who has earned ...

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FIFA World Cup 2018: These 4 formidable teams do not need Ronaldo or Messi to go the distance

FIFA World Cup is football’s showpiece event which breathes life into the sport every four years. The mega event has a distinctive swagger attached to it, promoting national unity and radiating positivity.  You will find passionate Barcelona and Real Madrid fans coexisting in harmony, derby rivals sharing a drink at a pub in Manchester, and a multicultural French team with the backing of the entire nation, for the sole reason of winning the elusive trophy. Let’s take a dip in the dynamics of international football, and ascertain the teams which have a realistic chance of going the distance in the World Cup ...

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With less than 100 days to go, unpredictability surrounds FIFA World Cup 2018

Football enthusiasts have tons of action throughout the year to quench their thirst for quality matches, but the epitome of the game lies in its showpiece event, the FIFA World Cup. Similar to the conching process in chocolate manufacturing, the sport receives its true flavour with the best players in the world donning their national colours. With less than 100 days left before the tournament, it is apt to look at some of the key talking points which might have a significant impact on the way the mega event pans out. Is the time right for Video Assistant Referee (VAR)? During the trial ...

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The fallen giant: Arsenal is out of major leagues and has no one but itself and Arsene Wenger to blame for it

Arsenal under Arsene Wenger had always been a pleasure to watch. With their free flowing attacking moves and gripping inter-changeable link-up play, it was impossible for opposing teams to keep up with them in their prime. The Gunners had immense fire power in their ranks, and for a long time, they were the team that any person would want to support, even if they were neutral about the teams. However, it seems as if those glory days are long gone. Currently, they are a shadow of a team that used to blow their rivals away in matches. Today, they have become this boring and appalling ...

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Had Arsenal signed Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain or Edinson Cavani they might have won

For an average Arsenal fan, this season is characterised by a number of vacillations. Cautious optimism in September followed by a false sense of superiority over other teams in January that was swiftly followed by a cruel realisation of another season of ‘what-ifs’ and regrets over what could have been but didn’t materialise in the month of April. It appears that the team doesn’t have the winning mentality, no real leaders in the squad, too many injuries at crucial stages, no adequate investment in the transfer window, a manager who is past his sell-by date, and the list goes on ...

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Is it time for Arsene Wenger to say goodbye?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has single-handedly transformed the English game; scientific methods such as stringent diet plans and structured exercise techniques are one of the many endowments the man has graced us with. He also introduced an unprecedented style of football with a flair that manifests itself to ‘Va Va Voom’, which is aesthetically pleasing and can arguably only be surpassed by the current Barcelona crop. PHOTO: REUTERS His 2003-2004 team – which he moulded at the peak of their powers – went an entire Premier League season unbeaten. A feat which has never been replicated in the Premier League era and is improbable ...

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Can Petr Cech help Arsenal bring home the Premiere League title?

Arsenal was basking in glory last month. Freshly after winning the FA Cup for the 12th time, it was a matter of double delight for Arsene Wenger as he also became the most successful manager in tournament’s history having won six times,  with his famous old foe Sir Alex Ferguson next in line, with five wins. Therefore, the end of the seasons result shows a very good return for the Gunners who won the FA cup and finished third in the league. Surely, Arsenal fans were looking for more, as they expected a sustained title challenge from their side. But realistically speaking, if this offer was made to Wenger at ...

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English Premier League 2015: The good, the bad and the ugly

With the English Premier League underway, and viewers enthralled with excitement, I can feel the anticipation for the upcoming matches seeping in wherever I come across die-hard football fans. Therefore, keeping in mind the charm that EPL has, I have come-up with a list of the good, the bad and the ugly that we have so far seen this season. The good Eden Hazard Eden Hazard has been the key for Chelsea’s title winning campaign; he has so far won the PFA Player of the Year Award, scored 13 goals and 8 assists, and will probably help Chelsea get to their fourth EPL ...

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