Whether it’s his political views, who he meets/doesn’t meet, his body language, etc, it’s fair to say that Ozil has divided opinion in Arsenal fan base.
Yet in an era where we are quick to pick on players for what they don’t do, it’s only right we share a positive story for a change.
Working with the the Charity ‘Rays of Sunshine’, our midfielder invited 17-year-old Jake Lee and his family to join Ozil’s own family in his personal box for the game against Everton. The teenager was diagnosed with Astrocytoma (brain tumour) in January 2019, preventing his own dreams of becoming professional footballer.
While Jack was able to spend time with the German after the game, his mum was grateful to Ozil’s whole network for making the day so special. “The wish was absolutely incredible and beyond all our expectations.
“We had a great day and felt very spoilt.
“Ozil’s family were so lovely and kind to us. We are so grateful to you all for a truly memorable day.”
The birth of Ozil’s child was due at the weekend so credit to Ozil’s wife, Amine Gulse, for going above and beyond to help her husband grant such a special wish. Bal Sandhu added, “Jake lives, eats and breathes football.”
We sometimes take sport too seriously. Yet at its core, it can be a comfort and an escape to many.
Ozil has to hear a lot of opinions about him. I’m sure when he visits so many sick children it helps him garner some perspective in what really matters. Whatever you think of him as a player, it’s hard not to respect the man for granting wishes like this.
A reminder that football is a beautiful game …….but it is just a game.