Ozil sends a message to Arsenal as he stuns pundit with work rate on first start

One reason given for why Mesut Ozil couldn’t get into the Arsenal team under Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery was his poor work-rate.

Emery left the German out of the team most times because he couldn’t meet the demands of the former PSG manager.

Mikel Arteta gave him the chance to prove Emery wrong in his first few months as the manager of Arsenal, the midfielder impressed initially before falling back on his unpleasant habits.

To send a serious message to him that he wasn’t a part of the plans at the Emirates, Arteta didn’t register him for competitive action in the first half of this season.

The German eventually secured a move to Fenerbahce in the last transfer window.

He was given time to get up to speed having not played football in 10 months.

His first start came in their last game against Fatih Karagümrük S.K. and he played about 80 minutes in the contest as they won 2-1.

Ozil was hardworking so much that he stunned pundits for his performance given how long he has been out of action.

Turkish pundit Ridvan Dilmen watched Ozil in action and said via Sun Sport: “I did not expect Mesut Özil to do so much. It is not easy.

“You play football for the first time after 10 months. A team was not built around Mesut, Mesut came to this team.

“I think the next season will be much better because his contract will be 3.5 years. Despite this, I respect his devotion.”

Tags Mesut Ozil

18 Comments

  1. Armoury says:

    I thought that we’ve closed the chapter of Ozil. Is this Just Arsenal? Hope not

  2. OO6 says:

    I believe Ozil is no more Arsenal player, why do we need to know how he performed at his new club? If that is the case, can you kindly write an article on some other players that left the club too?

    Enough of Ozil… Thank you.

  3. Cheadle says:

    There are the Arsenal fans who wished Ozil stayed and others who wanted him to leave.

    Therefore, he is still under scrutiny at Fernabahce because each side wants to be able to say.. “I told you so”

    1. Zeke says:

      There is no “I told you so” he played alot of games and he didn’t perform. I wish he would have. He had so many chances and didn’t make the most of it. If he can perform in a league as bad as the turkish league, it tells us only that is the right level for him now. Wish him well.

      1. Sulaiman Harun says:

        Football is a statistic because any league you go and play you can prove yourself there William came to arsenal because of ozil absent but was doing nothing even when he’s in former club Chelsea so football is a football wherever you are you have to show you’re a player so arteta have no right to drop ozil off the field while arsenal they’ve won their final game with ozil

      2. terry gunnz says:

        you just a hater im sorry to offend but ozil did well over the years statistics proves so

        1. Aux says:

          Yes, Ozil did well during his time at Arsenal

      3. Bobby says:

        It’s not like we are doing any better at the moment haha. You make it sound like since Ozil has left we have been lightning up the PL. Which our league position at the moment says otherwise

    2. Nathanjr says:

      U have a great point there

  4. Okello Erickson says:

    It was an ashamed to ozil but that how manager has decided.

  5. kingandroidx says:

    Don’t care how he play for other club. How he played for us is d reason he got kicked off. We still need to deal with dumb a** Arsenal fans and articles…

  6. Uwot? says:

    Ozil who?

  7. Arsenal314 says:

    Ozil played well for Arsenal and he’s up there behind Henry and Fabregas in terms of assists…this record is a fact…for those saying he played badly for Arsenal.

  8. Festus Kigo says:

    Can we talk about arsenal and not fernabahce?

  9. Jakes Mradu says:

    Ozil’s stats……Attack
    Goals 33
    Goals per match 0.18
    Headed goals 4
    Goals with right foot 4
    Goals with left foot 25
    Penalties scored 0
    Freekicks scored 1
    Shots 205
    Shots on target 92
    Shooting accuracy % 45%
    Hit woodwork 7
    Big chances missed 26
    Team Play
    Assists 54
    Passes 11,186
    Passes per match 60.79
    Big Chances Created 65
    Crosses 834
    Cross accuracy % 35%
    Through balls 121
    Accurate long balls 276
    Discipline
    Yellow cards 13
    Red cards 0
    Fouls 95
    Offsides 83
    Defence
    Tackles 161
    Tackle success % 68%
    Blocked shots 58
    Interceptions 75
    Clearances 37
    Headed Clearance 13
    Recoveries 778
    Duels won 625
    Duels lost 744
    Successful 50/50s 248
    Aerial battles won 28
    Aerial battles lost 83
    Errors leading to goal 2
    Appearances 184
    Goals 33
    Assists 54
    One goal or assist every two games……..
    Case closed
    No more Ozil…………!

  10. Jakes Mradu says:

    I wish I have the last say on Ozil……..😀

  11. Bobby says:

    Ozil always had good work rate, he always covered the most distance every game more than any other player . It’s just that he chose to use his energy at the right time, hence why he gave of such a languid style and not a headless chicken running around after the ball aka ELneny. It’s sad the way he left, one of my favourite players to watch and I still think Arteta and the board could have done more to support him with his comments on the concentration camps in China. I have so much respect for him for speaking out on these horrible things and using his platform for good. I’m not surprised by these comments on his workrate in the slightest

  12. Alvin Kwarteng Pelé says:

    I wished Ozil could have stayed but disrespecting and maltreatment made him moved to Fernabache

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