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Arsenal Superstar Confirms He Intends To Stay This Summer, Contract Talks Planned

Arsenal have been handed a significant boost in the transfer market as one of their superstars has revealed he’s intending to stay with the Gunners this summer.

Arsene Wenger deserves praise for his summer business so far, with Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, but the success of Arsenal’s transfer window hinges of whether the Gunners can retain the services of key-men.

Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil have all entered the final 12 months of their deals, with speculation continuing to suggest that they could be lured elsewhere, but the Gunners have been handed a significant boost by the latter.

German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has confirmed he intends to stay with Arsenal this summer and is poised to hold talks regarding a new deal upon his return to North London, as he’s currently on-tour with the squad in Australia.

What’s been said?

Quoted by The Daily Mail, Ozil said following the launch of Arsenal’s new third-kit:

‘It is definitely my preference to stay. It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal. Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss the future.’

‘For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I’m back in London, we will sit down and discuss.’

What does this mean for Arsenal?

Whilst it doesn’t solve all of Arsenal’s issues this summer, retaining the services of Mesut Ozil is a huge boost for the club- especially as the German’s creativity in midfield will compliment new striker Alexandre Lacazette fantastically.

Keeping Ozil will also help Arsenal in their discussions to keep Alexis and Oxlade-Chamberlain, amongst others, showing that they’re still a force to be reckoned with and have moved away from their issues in the past where they’ve struggled to retain the services of their big players.

The focus will now be on ensuring that Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis both also remain at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal insistent the pair won’t be sold but they risk losing the duo on a free transfer next summer.

The Most Expensive Arsenal XI In The Club’s History

Arsenal have successfully established themselves as one of the biggest clubs in world football and the Gunners have enjoyed a wealth of success in the Premier League era.

Winning three domestic crowns since 1992, the last of which came in 2004, Arsenal have also established themselves as the most successful club in FA Cup history- whilst manager Arsene Wenger has lifted more FA Cups than anyone else.

Naturally as a big club, Arsenal have to spend big funds to sign top players but the Gunners have seemed more reluctant to do so than their arch-rivals in the division, until recently of course as Wenger parted with over £100m last summer.

The majority of Arsenal’s most expensive dealings have come in recent years but there’s still a few names from the past that stand-out there as significant deals, so we’ve assembled the most-expensive Arsenal XI in the club’s history.

Before we start, we must mention that this is not just Arsenal’s most expensive 11 signings and is instead a line-up of their most expensive recruits across all positions throughout the years. All figures were collected from TransferMarkt.

GK: Petr Cech (£11.9m)

After a whopping 333 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Petr Cech moved across London in 2015 to become Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper- after Thibaut Courtois’ return to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid pushed the veteran stopper down the pecking order.

Since then, Cech has lifted the FA Cup and Community Shield with Arsenal, making 69 Premier League appearances in total. Now 35, and showing signs of decline, rumours have speculated that Arsenal are in search of a long-term replacement.

3-4-2-1: How A New Tactical Set-Up Could Look At Arsenal Next Year

Arsene Wenger surprised everybody with his team selection for the Middlesbrough game, as the man often describe as stubborn and a tactical dinosaur made major changes to his side and altered his formation majorly.

For the first time in two decades, Arsenal adopted a make-shift three-man defensive line consisting of Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel Paulista and Rob Holding, utilising Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as wing backs.

Whilst there were some defensive frailties shown, the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil performed well, leading some to suggest that the Gunners to adopt this formation more regularly in the future.

It certainly needs some work but Chelsea have shown this season that a three-man defence can work well, whilst Juventus have demonstrated similarly on the continent as they push for success in the Champions League.

With a few tweaks and summer additions, Arsenal’s new-look XI could launch an impressive assault for glory next season and it could work whether Arsene Wenger or someone else is in charge.

GK: Jordan Pickford

Arsenal are reportedly looking to shake up their options between the sticks this summer, with Petr Cech failing to impress, and not getting any younger, whilst David Ospina seems increasingly likely to leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

Wojciech Szczesny is also likely to leave, having spent two successful seasons on-loan with Roma, and Jordan Pickford has been identified as the ideal target- and he could excel in North London, developing into the Gunners first-choice stopper and learning from the extremely experienced Cech.

4 New Signings: The Potential Arsenal XI That Can Win The Premier League

Arsenal have struggled to remain competitive over the past decade but a major overhaul is expected to take place this summer. With a host of reported signings on the cards, these four new additions will turn the Gunners into Premier League contenders.

GK: Ederson

The eyes of Europe’s elite have been turned towards Benfica ace Ederson this summer and Arsenal are one of many clubs eyeing his services, as they see the 23-year-old Brazilian as the perfect long-term replacement for ageing veteran Petr Cech.

Cech has struggled to remain consistent this season but is likely to stay on. David Ospina, meanwhile, wants more regular first-team football and an exit is one the cards. For next season, playing Ederson in the Premier League and reverting Cech to the cup campaigns could be ideal.

‘Outstanding’ Fans Drool Over World Class Performance From Arsenal Midfielder vs. West Ham

Arsenal grabbed a much needed 3 points against West Ham on Wednesday night. The Gunners managed to rediscover their form and at the heart of a great team performance was Mesut Ozil. 

Ozil has been widely criticised during the Gunners terrible recent run of form, but he proved the difference against West Ham on Wednesday night, in a game where Arsenal needed the three points.

Often criticised for his work rate, Ozil was always on the move for Arsenal, coming deep to control the game when required and tracking men defensively to ensure that West Ham could not build any attacking momentum. 

Ozil broke the deadlock, curling in an effort from distance and ten minutes later he managed a perfect pass to assist Theo Walcott who put the game out of sight. In these tight home games where away teams set up to get a point, Ozil needs to shine like he did tonight and make the difference. Hopefully, this performance will have boosted his confidence and he can continue to deliver performances of this calibre for the rest of the season. 

Ozil was at his creative best, managing 5 key passes and an assist. He completed 3 dribbles and 2/3 crosses. Ozil was involved heavily throughout the game, completing a massive 93 passes with a 86% success rate. We saw Ozil do some dirty defensive work today too, he looked energised and made 2 interceptions and 1 tackle.

Here’s some reaction from the fans to Ozil’s performance against the Hammers…


In my opinion, Ozil has been harshly criticised in recent weeks. He’s not been good enough, but he’s been the one player to often get the criticism when in reality the entire team have been poor. 

Despite this, he has not been good enough personally and as a world class player, he really needed a game like this to stamp his authority on the team. Hopefully this will silence the critics, but Ozil needs to deliver this kind of performance more frequently, and also against the big teams, otherwise he will continue to be scapegoated. 

‘Most Overrated Player Of All Time’ Arsenal Star Hounded After Latest Performance

Arsenal failed to win again yesterday and one particular player was crucified by supporters on social media, with many calling for him to be sold.

Arsenal managed to stop the rot yesterday with a 2-2 draw against Manchester City but it wasn’t enough to see the Gunners rise from sixth position in the Premier League standings, whilst they remain seven points behind the top-four.

Arsene Wenger’s side do still have two games in hand but a major improvement is needed over the final two months of the season, with the Gunners battling the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and the Citizens for a top-four finish.

Of those clubs, Arsenal are currently the side that look destined to miss out on Champions League football next season and a victory against Manchester City would have given them a massive boost in the quest to turn things around.

However, the Gunners were forced to settle for a draw after fighting back from behind twice and one particular Arsenal man was hounded for what many believed to be a woeful performance- and it came from Arsenal’s all-time most expensive signing.

Mesut Ozil may have provided the assist for Shkodran Mustafi’s equalising goal in the second-half but he was guilty of sloppily conceding possession in the build up to Sergio Aguero’s goal, which came minutes after Theo Walcott equalised at the other end.

The German World Cup winner also failed to take advantage of a number of decent attacking opportunities and social media was awash with criticism for the former Real Madrid man, who enters the final 12 months of his deal with Arsenal this summer.

RVP All Over Again? Fans React As Arsenal Stars Are Linked With Chelsea & Manchester United Transfers

Arsenal may have to face another summer of key players leaving this year as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez continue to be linked with an exit.

The worst thing possible would be to see another key Arsenal player go to Manchester United – following in the footsteps of Robin van Persie. That was heartbreaking for every Arsenal fan and to see something similar happen again with Ozil would just really make the club seem 2nd rate.

Ozil, whilst not in his best form at the moment, is a world class player and the Gunners cannot afford to let go of him as they lack players of that calibre throughout the squad. Wenger, or whoever the manager is next season, needs to keep Ozil and restructure the team to make them play in a way that gets the best out of Mesut and the club’s other key players.

Also linked with a move to a Premier League rival is Alexis Sanchez. The little Chilean has stirred the rumour cauldron by suggesting that he wanted to remain in London, but ‘play for winners’. That seemed to be a dig at Arsenal, by suggesting they were not winners, but also a nod to Chelsea to suggest that he would like to play for them.

The quotes from Alexis come exactly a day after the Guardian reported that he is Antonio Conte and Chelsea’s number one transfer target for the summer. Arsene Wenger would surely be very reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival, but it appears that the player may force a move.

Here’s some reaction to the Alexis rumours…

With the likes of PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus interested in the duo, Arsenal need to ensure they sell abroad rather than letting their stars join Premier League rivals. Letting either Ozil go to Manchester United or Alexis go to Chelsea would be terrible for Arsene Wenger’s reputation and Arsenal globally as a football club. The Gunners currently look a level below the rest of the playing field and letting their best players join Premier League rival surely just cements that status.

Analysis: Would Turan be a good replacement for Ozil at Arsenal

Arsenal are bracing themselves for the possibility of losing Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez this summer, as the pair enter the final 12 months of their current contracts, but The Times reports the Gunners have a plan in the form of Arda Turan.

30-year-old Turkish international Turan hasn’t quite had things go his way since switching Atletico Madrid for Barcelona two-years ago, in a deal worth £26m, and the restructure this summer that will follow Luis Enrique’s departure is likely to leave Turan edging towards an exit.

Arsenal are keen on his services, for a fee said to be around £25m, but replacing World Cup winner Mesut Ozil is certainly not an easy task- so we’ve crunched the numbers to assess whether he’d be an adequate recruit.

How do they compare?

Using statistics from Squawka, Mesut Ozil and Arda Turan are comparable on the passing front but the German ace has the edge in an attacking sense; creating 59 chances compared to Turan’s 27 and 55 key passes compared to Turan’s 24.

In the Champions League, Turan again falls behind Ozil in comparison- particularly in chances created and assists, where Ozil has 14 and three respectively compared to Turan’s 3 and 1. That said, Ozil has played 626 minutes of European football whereas Turan has just 175.

Both boast a pass completion percentage of 87% but Ozil again has the edge in terms of assists, securing four in the Premier League this season whilst Turan has three in La Liga. In the Champions League, Turan equals Ozil’s four goals but the Turkish ace’s have come from just seven shots- giving him a superior shot accuracy of 86%.

In front of goal, stats show Ozil once again has the edge over Turan with five Premier League goals, 33 shots and 50% shot accuracy- compared to the three goals, 12 shots and 44% accuracy that Arda Turan has.

Who are the alternatives?

If Arsenal look to promote from within to fill the void left by a potential exit for Ozil, then the likely candidates are Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Iwobi. Statistically though, they’re again short of the German.

Squawka stats show Ozil has the advantage over Arsenal’s other trio in all areas bar two- with Aaron Ramsey boasting a slightly better 89% pass completion over Ozil’s 87%, whilst Alex Iwobi has one taken one more shot in the Premier League (44).

Therefore, it’s clear Arsenal should look to bring someone in to fill the void Ozil would leave but finding the right replacement will certainly not be easy and could prove to be expensive. Whilst Turan is an affordable option, they would lack the benefits that Ozil provides.

Lucas Starts: The Likely Arsenal XI To Face Burnley On Sunday

Arsenal will host Burnley on Sunday as they look to make up ground on the Premier League top two. The Gunners will welcome a Sean Dyche side that has the worst away record in the league, picking up just one point on their travels in the Premier League this season.

Arsene and the players should not be complacent though as we know what Burnley are capable of from their brilliant home form. Wenger can, however, rotate his side a little to give a few players who don’t normally start, a chance to impress. With big games set to come thick and fast after this one, Wenger needs to ensure he doesn’t ask too much of some players.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Big Pete is almost certain to retain his spot between the sticks. He had a good game against Swansea and will be targetting another clean sheet this week ahead of some trickier

Defender: Gabriel, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal

Bellerin is back in full training but I would like to see him eased back into action because he is so important to this team. Gabriel is doing a decent job deputising so he can continue for this fixture. Mustafi and Koscielny must continue to play alongside each other to strengthen their partnership. Gibbs, like Bellerin, is only just returning to full fitness so he should not be risked in this fixture.

Midfield: Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey; Lucas Perez, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez

Coquelin is back, but like Bellerin I’d keep him on the bench. There’s no need for him in this game as Arsenal are likely to be doing a lot of attacking, so Ramsey’s runs from deep will be useful, as will Xhaka’s quality passing range. It would be needless to play Coquelin in this fixture and he should instead return in the FA Cup next weekend. My big inclusion would be to play Lucas Perez on the right-hand side. The Spaniard is in great form but very rarely gets selected to start the game and I think he deserves it. Iwobi has been in good form over the last couple of games, but it won’t hurt to make this swap and keep the Nigerian midfielder fresh ahead of a long run of tough fixtures. In Lucas, Alexis and Giroud, Arsenal should have enough finishers on the pitch to take all three points.

Striker: Olivier Giroud

Arsenal will need Olivier’s physicality for this fixture as Burnley are likely to sit deep and attempt to frustrate the Gunners. Arsenal may have to resort to sending crosses into the box to the big man in an attempt to break through what has been a resilient Burnley defence this season. He will be hoping to continue his fine goalscoring form and make the difference again for Arsenal as they look to get back in the title race.

Disgraceful: This Arsenal Midfielder Has Had A Shocking Season, And Needs A Wake Up Call

Mesut Ozil has put in a run of poor performances for Arsenal recently, and must improve dramatically if Arsenal are to make a push to try and catch Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table. 

The Gunners sit 4th going into Christmas after a toothless performance at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, missing their opportunity to maintain their place in 2nd and widen the gap between themselves and Pep Guardiola’s side.

Mesut Ozil has been poor over the last few games, and has seemed to have disappeared a lot on the football pitch. On Tuesday night, Ozil was involved heavily in the Arsenal attack in the first fifteen or twenty minutes at Goodison Park against Everton. However, as soon as the game turned physical and the Toffees started to a put in some strong tackles, we saw very little of the German playmaker.

Ozil did find himself with space for a shot just inside the Everton box in the second half, but failed to take his chance as he fired his shot over the crossbar, a chance that he probably should have buried. The German created one chance in the first half, but when Everton drew level, Ozil didn’t create a any chances. He didn’t complete a take-on either in the whole match.

The 28-year-old’s display against Manchester City was just as poor. He was shrugged off the ball too easily, and failed to create chances for the Gunners in what was a gutless display at the Etihad Stadium. He was found walking in the midfield too many times, his work-rate was awful.

The German international did create one chance, didn’t have a single shot, nor did he have a single shot, or make a single tackle. The same happened at Old Trafford a month ago. Manchester United played a very physical game, and rather unsurprisingly, Ozil disappeared once again.

Costing Arsenal a hefty £42.5m a few seasons ago, Ozil needs to become that big game player for the Gunners, something that he has failed to do in his time at the Emirates, especially this season. When the rest of the team isn’t playing well, Ozil needs to step up and make things happen. Maybe a spell out of the side would actually have a good effect on the German.

The problem that Arsene Wenger faces is that Ozil is one of those undroppable players, and the French manager probably fears the reaction and stick he will face if he were to drop Ozil. However, Wenger needs to step up and make the big decision in my opinion, and give Ozil the wake-up call that he needs. The 28-year-old has provided just two assists this season, the same amount as Tottenham flop Moussa Sissoko. He needs to become more involved, and fast if Arsenal are to push for the Premier League title this season.

Arsenal Fans Claim This Midfielder Put In No Effort In Shameful Performance vs. Everton

Arsenal travelled to Goodison Park on Tuesday evening in a bid to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League since the opening day of the season.

The Gunners only defeat prior to the match was against Liverpool, the Toffees rivals, but they fell to a crushing defeat to Ronald Koeman’s men to make it 2-0 to Merseyside over the North Londoners.

It was a poor performance all round, but one player in particular who was on the receiving end of strong criticism was Arsenal’s German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil, who was lethargic, pathetic, and out-fought all game in a shambolic display.

Playing in his favourite number 10 role, Arsenal expect to be able to rely on their most creative player to carve out chances and take the game by the scruff of the neck, but when the going gets tough, Ozil seems to disappear, quite literally. Ozil, who can of course produce moments of artistic magic is still a wonderful player, but when he has the attitude of ‘can’t be bothered’ it really does rub off on others.

Unlike Alexis Sanchez, who has had better nights but still he ran his socks off up until the final whistle and still showed great character for the team, Ozil was Slowly walking about, not tracking back, letting the game run away from him and quite simply being a shadow of what he possesses in a very lazy performance.

The Arsenal man is not immune to criticism, however wonderful he may be, for Everton’s winning goal, Mesut Ozil found himself in the penalty box defending the corner (no, that is not a typo) and although he should not be there in the first place, he should still be man enough to challenge Williams for the ball. Instead, Ozil ducked and turned his back on the ball as he cowardly pulled himself out of any contact.

Honestly, that’s a total disgrace, for a club who want to put an end to their disastrous title drought, to have a player duck from the ball which turned out to be the winner is not good enough, what mentality is that giving off? He should want to throw every limb he has into that challenge, instead he let his man have all the time in the world before casually walking back to the halfway line.

Ozil is first name on the team sheet each week, without a doubt, he is crucial for Arsenal and is key for their title charge, but when the going gets tough, he must get tougher, he could have showed some sort of heart and character to try and win that ball in the box, but he did nothing which has cost his team the points.

To put the cherry on top of such a disappointing performance, Ozil had the opportunity to put the Gunners ahead when the ball was dragged back into his path, but unfortunately he blasted the ball over, he could have certainly scored.It is really frustrating to watch when someone of his

It is really frustrating to watch when someone of his qualitiy is playing with such attitude, all is not bad for Ozil though, he did still manage to create one chance against Everton and ended the game with 81% passing accuracy, which isn’t great for his standards but still far from woeful.

It is certainly a performance to forget for Ozil, it was dire. We look at how Twitter reacted to his performance, and as expected some fans are really not happy.

As you can see, Arsenal fans were less than impressed with the Germans performance yesterday and rightly so, they’re desperate to end their title drought and know losses like yesterday could play divalent in the title run. Yes, the criticism may be deemed unfair as he is a glorious player, but no player is immune to it, and he really must take a long hard look at himself after yesterday’s display.

To top of his performance, he didn’t even go over to thank the Arsenal faithful after the match and headed straight down the tunnel, maybe he felt embarrassed after the defeat but there is never any excuse not to thank the fans that look up to you.

Walcott has also come under strong criticism for his performance, if you can call it that, in the 2-1 defeat against Everton.

Arsenal are in an excellent position, they have only suffered two defeats this season which could have both been avoided, Arsenal need Mesut Ozil to step up and help them reach maximum heights this season.

Up next is Manchester City away for the Gunners, he could certainly put this performance behind him if he was to help his side take all three points and put a real marker down.

‘Worst Game As A Professsional Footballer’ Arsenal Fans Rip Into Midfielder After Terrible Performance vs Manchester United

Arsenal somehow managed to rescue a point at Old Trafford, Olivier Giroud heading in with just a couple of minutes of normal time to go. The Gunners were far from their best at Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho rekindled their old rivalry, but the spoils were shared in a game of few chances in Manchester.

Mourinho was left fuming as United’s penalty claims were correctly waved away in the first half by Andre Marriner, but the United manager saw his team take the lead midway through the second half, Juan Mata coming up with the goods once again.

United looked to sit back with just under ten minutes to go, and this horribly backfired as Arsene Wenger’s substitutes combined to fire Arsenal level. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain beat his man down the right and picked out Giroud in the box, who nodded the ball home at the back post.

However, one player to disappear in a big game yet again with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil. He has shown his quality throughout the season, but was little more than a passenger here for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The German creator didn’t have a single shot in the ninety minutes, and he didn’t create a single chance either. In addition to this, Ozil produced just two crosses and completed just three take-ons.

Fans were quick to criticise the German on social media, who has put in a string of poor performances in the big games. Here is how they reacted.

On his day, Ozil can be one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League. He showed his class against Ludogorets and some of the weaker oposition in the Premier League. However, Arsenal were missing that creative spark today at Old Trafford, and Ozil needs to step up in the future in the big games.

10 Interesting Facts About Arsenal Midfielder Mesut Özil

Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s most expensive signing of all time. Joining for £42million in 2013, Ozil’s arrival at the Emirates was greeted with a huge amount of optimism. Since he arrived he has been brilliant and with a new contract reportedly on the horizon, I wanted to take a look at 10 interesting facts about the German.

1 – Mesut Özil donated his World Cup winning wages (£355,000) to ‘support the surgery’ of 23 Brazilian children following Germany’s victory in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.

2 – Did you know that Mesut Özil is a devout Muslim who prays before every game? You can see him praying in the centre circle prior to kick off every time.

3 – Mesut Özil is actually Turkish born and is a 3rd generation German, he turned down the offer from Turkey to play for the national team in 2009 in favour of Germany.

4 – 2013 wasn’t the first time Arsene Wenger tried taking Özil to the Emirates, in 2010 following his amazing World Cup Wenger’ nearly got him before Real Madrid snatched him.

5 – Mesut Özil has many nicknames, He was nicknamed ‘The Raven’ at Schalke for his vision and ‘Nemo’ for his appearance resembling the Disney cartoon character at Madrid.’

6 – Mesut Özil can rap, in 2010 he paired up with Jan Daley to create a song for an advertising campaign, it’s safe to say he is a better footballer than a rapper.

7 – Did you know Mesut Özil is Lactose intolerant? The playmaker described the condition as “so unfair” as he is a self-confessed ice cream addict.

8 – Özil has never scored a penalty for Arsenal despite taking two in the past which were both in the UEFA Champions League (Marseille, Bayern Munich).

9 – Mesut Özil’s role model is Zinedine Zidane, it must feel pretty crazy to him when the Arsenal fans sing his song they made up for him which includes them saying “He’s better than Zidane.”

10 – Mesut Özil is very intelligent, he is fluent in four languages which include German, English from his time at Arsenal, Turkish and Spanish which he learned from his time at Real Madrid.

‘He’s My Favourite Human On Earth’ Arsenal Fans Go Mad For Gunners Midfielder

Arsenal will leave Bulgaria sighing relief after their 3-2 win over Ludogorets following a late sublime Mesut Ozil winner.

After going 2-0 down in the opening 15 minutes there was a real worry that Arsenal will blow their opportunity to remain top of the group and qualify with the same old Arsenal being touted on social media, but they were resilient and won in style after a moment of magic from their German gem Mesut Ozil in the 89th minute.

We take a look at the numbers behind the Gunners play-maker majestic performance, Ozil kick started his brilliant display with an assist for Granit Xhaka, making that his 200th career assist, with many more to come for sure.

The 28 year-old was influential for the Gunners, like he always is and made four key passes during the 90 minutes which is a stat that Ozil will always accomplish during a game, whilst managing a 90.4% pass accuracy from 52 passes which is excellent. The Arsenal star managed three dribbles and three shots too with one of them being the all important winner, his assist came from a cross which was one of eleven.

Although Ozil was very efficient on the offensive front, he was rather poor on the defensive side of the game, this is something Ozil has been questioned about, his lacklustre approach on the pitch with his body language not impressing some, he made zero tackles, zero interceptions, zero clearances and one foul. But does these stats show a new role for Ozil? He is certainly playing a lot higher than last season and may be instructed to look to stay higher, with the magician making excellent runs behind the number 9 role consistently in recent matches.

Ozil’s goal was magic, it showed what the German international was all about, it was magical, a goal of dreams. The Arsenal play-maker won the three points for the Gunners so we take a look at how Twitter reacted to his performance, with many fans being very excited about THAT goal.

There really is a new approach about Arsenal this season, a different animal from what we have seen in recent seasons, if Mesut Ozil is to continue his fine form along with several others in the Arsenal team than who knows what they could achieve, I mean, a fairy-tale ending in Cardiff to mark Arsene Wenger’s final trophy would be too good to happen, wouldn’t it?

‘He’s A Magician’ Twitter Applauds Arsenal Midfielder For Man Of The Match Performance

Arsenal were comfortable winners on Wednesday night as they overcame Ludogorets at home, winning 6-0 and moving to of their Champions League group.

One man will take the headlines though, Mesut Ozil. The German took the matchball home, scoring his first Arsenal hat trick. He also (amazingly) picked up his 1st assist of the season on the night. He hadn’t really hit his best form this season but this second half hat trick will have done wonders for his confidence.

It was his first hat trick of his professional career, and it marked a change in style from the playmaker, who is beginning to become ruthless in front of goal, just as Arsene Wenger had challenged him to do.

Off character, Ozil only completed 74% of his passes on the night, and he struggled, looking laboured in the first half. Crucially he got an assist in the first half though and then in the second he exploded onto the scene – netting a 30-minute hat trick. Defensively he showed an industrious side to his game on the night, making three tackles.

With Ozil’s contract situation still up in the air, Arsenal fans reacted by suggesting that the Gunners should give Ozil what he wants.

Within reason of course, I would agree that Arsenal need to pay up to keep Ozil. With less than two years remaining on his contract, Wenger should make his and Alexis’ extensions a priority. Even when Ozil is not in his best form, he is capable of scoring three and assisting one – it says a lot about the quality of player he is. He’s also now finding some great goalscoring form. With the three tonight, he’s now scored 6 goals for Arsenal this season. Last season in all competitions he only managed 8. Aged 28, Mesut is in his peak, let’s ensure he plays his best football of his career at Arsenal.

He’s a player I’ve always really liked, I could not believe it when he signed for Arsenal. Despite his ‘magic’ he has always lacked a clinical edge in front of goal. He has lacked confidence in front of goal, and now with these 6 goals, and we are only in October, surely his confidence will reach new heights. Let’s hope there are many more goals to come from him.

Walcott Excels, Swans Struggle. Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Arsenal’s Premier League win at home over Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium this Saturday:


Petr Čech – 6.5

The veteran goalkeeper was brought into action occasionally in the first half, offering a few uneasy moments with his distribution, but, contrarily, the ex-Chelsea man kept himself composed between the sticks when saving a handful of attempts at goal late on from Leroy Fer and co.

Héctor Bellerín – 7

Arsenal’s right back was constant threat down the flanks, meanwhile also ushering the Swans’ attack away to the opposite wing with his defensive capabilities.

Shkodran Mustafi – 7

A sound performance from the German centre half yet again, whether it meant bringing the ball out from defence, threatening from set-pieces, or sweeping up play in behind Arsenal’s backline.

Laurent Koscielny – 7.5

Much like his centre back partner, Mustafi, Koscielny’s covering and reading of the game was near impeccable, in particular when dealing Modou Barrow on Arsenal’s left hand side.

Nacho Monreal – 6

Standard stuff from Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal, who was generally solid but will also be happy to see the back of Modou Barrow.

Granit Xhaka – 5

A day to forget for Granit Xhaka, despite a fairly calm demonstration in between both points of reference that will blemish his performance. The Swiss midfielder lost the ball in a dangerous area in the lead-up to Gylfi Sigurðsson’s goal, whereas his red card for a cynical tackle turned up the heat on an Arsenal side left to fend off a late onslaught on their 3-2 advantage.

Santi Cazorla – 7

An often casual-looking performance from Cazorla’s, whose work in the park looked typically effortless in Arsenal’s large phase of dominance. The diminutive playmaker also shifted quite well to a more conservative approach in the middle of the park following Xhaka’s red card.

Theo Walcott – 8

Walcott’s hot streak in front of goal continues with a first-half brace, gifting Arsenal a 2-0 lead with some old-fashioned goal-poaching. The winger might well have had a hat-trick on another day, too – hitting the woodwork twice in the latter stages of the game.

Mesut Özil – 7

The execution in his passes were uncharacteristically rusty in the first period, but began to look far more refined and familiar for the second half, as Özil made his presence felt with an inch-perfect volley for Arsenal’s third.

Alex Iwobi – 6.5

Iwobi was on hand to provide good interplay throughout the game, bursting into life early in the second half in a dazzling run that almost led to Walcott’s third, but the young Nigerian was then given a break when replaced by Francis Coquelin midway through the second period.

Alexis Sanchez – 6

The Chilean was typically lively when leading the line, but for all the enthusiasm, his touch appeared visibly off peak. Perhaps a consequence of the fatigue picked up from international duty, but Sanchez still found away to contribute with a looped pass for Özil’s goal.


Francis Coquelin – N/A

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A

Kieran Gibbs – N/A

Swansea City

Łukasz Fabiański – 5.5

The ex-Arsenal man pulled off an important stop in the latter stages from an individual effort by Bellerín to keep Swansea in the game, whereas there wasn’t a great deal that could be done for at least two of the three goals conceded by the visitors.

Kyle Naughton – 5

Not a memorable performance from Naughton, it must be said, with general memory throwing us the image of the full back chasing after Arsenal players and little else.

Federico Fernández – 4

Among the most disappointing for Swans this afternoon, the player took his eye off runners in behind on a consistent basis and could easily have been punished on another day for it.

Jordi Amat – 4.5

Not quite as neglectful as his partner in crime, but the Spaniard was arguably at fault for Theo Walcott’s opener and went on to waste a good opportunity from a set-piece as the first half came to a close.

Neil Taylor – 4

Often tormented by the pace of Walcott and Bellerín, Taylor ended up resorting to physicality and picked up a yellow card for his troubles, limiting him further with coping with the dangers in his flank.

Jack Cork – 5

Quiet and unspectacular from the former Chelsea man, but it always looked as though it’d be that way up against an in-form Arsenal side.

Leon Britton – 4.5

Swansea looked towards a diminutive playmaker of their own to ease some of the strain caused by Arsenal’s dominance; a task too demanding of for a 34-year-old Leon Britton on the day, who was later subbed off for Borja Baston.

Leroy Fer – 4.5

The Dutchman relinquished possession far too often in the middle of the park and, perhaps, should have done more in front of goal when the opportunity presented itself.

Modou Barrow – 7

Another impressive performance from Barrow, who’s threat kept Swansea in the game.

Wayne Routledge 4.5

More often than not found tracking back in a fairly low-key display.

Gylfi Sigurðsson – 6.5

Another rare glimpse of hope for Swansea, coming from their star man. Gylfi Sigurðsson was on hand to capitalise on Xhaka’s mistake and pull a goal back, whereas his set-pieces promised to be the most likely avenue for an equaliser all afternoon.


Borja Baston – 6

Came on to make an impact and did just that when handing Swansea a lifeline with his first goal for his new club.

Ki Sung-Yeung – N/A

Àngel Rangel – N/A

Deal Close: Arsenal Offer Record £200,000 per-week Contract To Midfielder

Arsenal appear set to offer a £200,000 per-week contract, something they have never done before.. 

The man on the end of that contract is Mesut Ozil. The Germans current deal is due to expire in two seasons time, but the club are keen to extend his deal this summer. The German World Cup winner turns 28 in October, and it is likely that a new deal would be four years long, a two-year extension on his current deal. Ozil is currently the clubs highest earner on £140,000 per-week, but his new contract offer appears to include a huge £60,000 per-week rise, a sign of intent from the Gunners.

The news comes from the well-informed John Cross from the Daily Mirror. He has said the Ozil deal is well down the line, but there remains concern over the future of Alexis Sanchez, who has attracted interested from the likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus. The Chilean midfielder seems frustrated at the club but he may be encouraged to stay should Ozil commit his long-term future and if any early transfer business is completed.

Arsenal look set to complete a €40million deal for Granit Xhaka and that would really add to the Gunners central midfield arsenal.

Arsene Wenger will know he cannot afford to lose Ozil, the clubs main creator of goals (which have been sparse) this season. Ozil has notched 18 league assists and 6 goals, with an average pass success rate of 86.2%. Wenger needs to make sure he recruits a striker capable of being more clinical with the chances Ozil creates, as the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have often been wasteful, leading to frustration for Ozil and the fans.

It is likely that should Ozil commit to the club, he would have been told that new signings are on the way. Keeping Ozil and Alexis this summer could be two of the clubs biggest signings. They cannot afford to sign a couple of top players only to let two world-class ones leave. If Arsenal want to become one of the strongest teams in Europe they must get through this summer with their best players still at the club and make three or four top quality additions.

Arsenal’s front four have overall, been pretty pathetic this season. Ozil and Alexis are no doubt the two best players in that front four, so losing them would be catastrophic at this stage.

‘What A Shambles’: Arsenal Fans Disgusted With Loss To Monaco

Arsenal supporters had to endure an awful evening last night as they were destroyed by Monaco, who came away from the Emirates with a 3-1 victory after Arsenal failed to show up and perform.

In their most important game of the season, Arsenal were way below par and looked poor from the off. They failed to convert the attacking chances they made, whilst at the back it was sheer kamikaze defending- which ultimately cost them the game, as two goals were scored on the counter.

With Arsenal now facing a monumental task away from home, where they must score three goals, the Gunners are on the brink of another Round of 16 exit- with this year hurting more than most as many fans predicted an easy game.