Passengers of the beautiful game….
Listen to pundits? Never have,never will son.just beleive what my eyes tell me & if you don’t’ think ” ozil” is a passenger most of the time(.that is certainly when the going gets tough.)i suggest you save yourself a lot of anguish & avoid tomorrow’s match.hope if he plays he proves me wrong but I doubt it.”
Mesut Ozil joined ARSENAL in 2013. He was our record signing. I was on a trekking trip. First thing I did when I returned, checked arsenal.com for the result of NLD. Of course Untold too. My jaws dropped. The first thing I see, ARSENAL sign Ozil. Whhhhaaaaatttttt!!!!!!!!!……. That what was not a shock filled with sadness. It was like an overjoyed celebratory what. We had signed one of the finest player in the world. Mesut Ozil. I wouldn’t be surprised if people said, he is the Dennis Bergkamp of the Emirates era. Such a fine footballer. How many times have we not said Oh Zil over the years. Such is his class.
As soon as he’d joined, his critiques followed. The very first one which had gone overboard was “nicking a living” thing. It was such a stupid, shallow comment to make. Ozil doesn’t run about like the premier league legend Scotty Parker. Hence he doesn’t care. The level of analysis, outstanding.
But the allegation has stuck on to him, even after all these years. This transfer window, people wanted us to offload Ozil. But keep Alexis. If I had no options other than to offload one, I would offload Alexis. Yeah he runs around chasing the ball. The de facto requirement to be a premier league player by experts. But fail to see that he holds on to the ball a lot, and then looses it a lot, hence has to chase around a lot.
Ozil is not a player who loses the ball a lot. He uses it to perfection unlike any other. Also you find him in our box sometimes making an important interception/tackle. BTW, Mesut Ozil runs more distance than Alexis in almost every game. But hey, Alexis is world class, but Ozil is not. Last week at the Leicester game, commentator says “Ozil for me is a player with world class moments but not a player I would term world class”.
Just checked premierleague.com, for some stats. And here is the result.
Before the weekend, Ozil had made 117 appearances for the Gunners. With 61% wins. 23 goals and 42 assists. He has taken 149 shots with 46% accuracy. Makes about 64 passes per game. Has created 49 big chances, 36% cross accuracy, 172 accurate long balls and 94 through balls. Since joining the PL, he has created the most chances and has the most assists of any player in the league. So where is he nicking a living?
Defence you say, then lets check the defence stats. 113 tackles at 74% success rate, 54 interceptions, 527 recoveries. And most impressive, his errors leading to goal. Only 2. Now pretty impressive for a passenger. I would take this passenger in my team any day. Ozil is about efficiency. Everything he does has purpose. He doesn’t run around to please you. He does to create space for himself and his team mates, dragging defenders around.
PS: Here is what Cabaye (once the must sign player for ARSENAL) has to say about Mesut Ozil:
“The strongest player in England, I think? Mesut Ozil. He is really, very strong.You get the impression that he does not care, that he is nonchalant, but at one point he will put a pass that nobody has seen. He always knows everything before everyone else. That’s what is fabulous about him.”
PPS: For some extra knowledge, Mesut Ozil has won Germany’s player of the year 5 times in last 6 years. The best player in the best national team in the world. Passenger??..
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