Mesut Ozil’s best Arsenal moments
All good things must come to an end – a saying that bears absolutely no relation to the news that Arsenal have agreed to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract.
The Germany international has been kicking since it was announced that he had not been included in Mikel Arteta’s Premier League or Europa League squads – and by ‘kicking’ we of course we mean engaging in random Twitter spats with Piers Morgan.
With a move to Fenerbahce’s Turkish side set to take place in the coming days, we take a look at Ozil’s best times in an Arsenal shirt – it wasn’t all gloom and sadness you got. know, there was a time when he was absolutely brilliant.
When Ozil signed for Arsenal in the 2013 summer transfer window, there was an air of optimism around the club that the German’s arrival could be the start of something special.
he was not, but let’s not let that sully our trip down memory lane.
It took him no time to settle into English football – 11 minutes to be precise – offering a perfect pass to Olivier Giroud on his Premier League debut at the Stadium of Light, a contribution that saw Arsenal secure. heading for three points in a 3-1 win.
Say what you love about Ozil’s performance in the field, any man who ensures that a national treasure like the Gunnersaurus stays in employment is a good man in our book.
Arsenal’s mascot was almost extinct (hahahaha because he’s like a dinosaur and so it’s really funny lol) when the club chose to effectively fire him, only for Ozil to step in and offer to pay the salary of the mascot to make sure he stays at the club.
So, now that Ozil has had his contract terminated, where is the Gunnersaurus gratitude? Eye for an eye and all that – get out your wallet.
On the next magnificent exhibition.
In 2013/14, Arsenal were given an intimidating Champions League squad alongside Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Marseille.
A good start was imperative and that is exactly what they got. A 2-1 win over Marseille in the opening week of the game placed them well, although a home clash with Napoli seemed difficult – until Ozil changed the style.
The German has been sensational, proving too much for the Serie A side’s backline as he pulled the strings all night long, while his beautifully measured finish to put his team forward oozed class.
While Ozil is more than capable of controlling a match for 90 minutes, his ability to produce brief moments of magic is another facet of his game that makes him so fun to watch.
The ex-Real Madrid man watched fans in awe as he crushed the winner of Arsenal in their clash with Newcastle in 2017.
After the ball unrolled in the air and moved away from goal, the playmaker watched the ball all the way up his left boot, wrapping his foot around it and sending an unstoppable practice into the top corner.
The strike earned Arsenal all three points and was pure class.
Speaking of class moments.
The majority of the entries on our list are awesome Ozil performances, but when it comes to glimpses of shine that leave your jaw off the ground, this is best of all.
As Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Ludogorets ended 2-2, Ozil was played on goal with just minutes to go.
Most players would panic and potentially eat their lines, while those who are good enough not to give in under pressure would keep it simple – Ozil didn’t do either, he took the opportunity to show off his brilliance. .
The German chipped the goalkeeper, before feigning two Ludogorets defenders, leaving them both on their backs as he patted home. Absolute genius.
Okay, so he didn’t quite get the record, but don’t let that detract from the brilliance of this achievement.
Ozil notched 19 Premier League assists in 2015/16, a figure only surpassed by Thierry Henry and Kevin De Bruyne – plenty of company to keep.
The former Werder Bremen man made a career out of helping others, and in truth there really aren’t many better than him in European football.
Few would have expected the whirlwind that hit Manchester United in their clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in 2015.
Arsene Wenger’s side absolutely flew out of the blocks, taking a 3-0 lead with less than 20 minutes on the clock, and Ozil was instrumental in dismantling the Red Devils.
He netted a goal and an assist in the opening seven minutes, leaving Louis van Gaal’s side in shock as Arsenal headed for a comfortable victory.
Ozil is one of those players who – when playing well – is able to win games on his own, and when Leicester visited the Emirates in 2018 it was exactly what he did.
After scoring a goal behind, the Gunners evened the game thanks to Ozil’s sublimely skillful finish – the kind of goal he made easy, but in reality it was anything but – before absolutely two playing pieces. Incredibles unlock the Foxes backline as Arsenal registered a goal. 3-1 victory.
It feels like Arsenal hasn’t beaten Bayern Munich in around 400 years, but they actually triumphed against the Bavarian giants in 2015 – thanks in large part to their German wizard.
Ozil occasionally ran rings around Bayern’s back line, and his late goal was enough to secure all three points and cap off a sublime individual performance.
Number one on our list of highlights from Ozil to Arsenal is his display in the 2017 FA Cup Final.
One criticism leveled at him during his Gunners career is his inability to show up on big occasions – but make no mistake, the FA Cup final is again a huge game, and he delivered a perfect performance in Arsenal’s win over Chelsea.
Wenger’s side were big underdogs heading into the flagship event, with Antonio Conte’s men having recently crowned Premier League champions and Arsenal only amassing a disappointing fifth place finish.
However, Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put on a fantastic display and saved what had been a difficult season for the club.