The ball was lobbed. The Gunner in Bright Yellow waiting – unmarked- in the left wing. One sublime touch to bring it down and another to slide it to Giroud and GOAL for Arsenal!
There he was. All smiles. 14 minutes into the game, providing. While CR7 fumed and Real Madrid fans sang, He was there, our new Messiah, Our Mesut Özil.
But this wasn’t the fairy story that went on ever after, he was questioned from the moment he arrived. “Did we need another attacking midfielder when our priorities were a striker and defensive midfielder?” And with an accusation from the Real Madrid President “He parties too much. That’s why we sold him.”
I always said,”Who cares? We have the best number 10 in the world.”
But one year down the line things have changed DRASTICALLY for him.
From Saviour to Passenger. A run of poor games has prompted fans to Sell him and recoup the transfer fee. Even stats
which only matters to the fans are not on his side. But there a case can be made, as always.
He missed the pre-season. Played one of the highest number of games and minutes for club and country in his entire career. He is clearly out of form yet does his business quietly. You may not love him at the moment but just take two minutes off and watch the only goal we scored against Besiktas in slow-mo.
You know what you will see?
You see, Jack making a pass to Mesut where he is crowded by three Besiktas players, yet he effortlessly glides the ball beating three opponents at once and freeing up Jack to score. But Jack miscontrols the ball and it falls to Sanchez who scores.
Mesut may be anonymous the whole game operating in shadows, but one moment, and you will be amazed. Its a matter of time before our Mesut finds his mojo. Until than give him the love he needs.
P.S.- Mesut has had very low moments even in Madrid where Mourinho subbed him twice at half time and didn’t play him at a game.(The Infamous Özil-Ramos shirt case)
P.P.S.- Mesut choose us at a time when we had no great players plying their trade with us, no trophies to go with over Sheikh owned PSG where he was guaranteed a League win with a decent UCL run and assisting the likes of The Zlatan and Cavani.
Remember Gunners, he choose us at a time when we were at our poorest. I ask you this, do we not repay him the same way when he is at his poorest?