Arsenal were able to extend their winning streak in the Premier League to three games at the weekend, defeating Newcastle United 2-1 in what was an intriguing encounter. For the most part, the Gunners played well and controlled the pace of the game, but they were still left to worry in the final stages about the possibility of a late Newcastle equaliser. That’s not a position they should’ve found themselves in, but the state of their defence is a different story for a different day.
German national team manager Joachim Low has revealed that, as far as he is concerned, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has closed the door to ever playing for Germany again.
Speaking to Sport Bild, Low said it was his view the attacking midfielder had closed the door himself and might have as well clearly declared retirement from international football. He also revealed that he had tried to establish contact with Ozil in more than one way, but there has been no response, no return call to this day. Low believes he has to accept this path Ozil has chosen for himself, and his return to the national team is not a topic for discussion anymore.
Mesut Ozil seems to be a player that divides opinion amongst Arsenal fans. The playmaker missed last weekend’s 3-1 win over West Ham reportedly due to illness. However, he had been substituted in the previous game a 3-2 defeat at Chelsea.
A lot was made of his absence, with speculation that he has fallen out with Gunners boss Unai Emery, which led to his absence against West Ham. Ozil will start today’s game at Cardiff and will be hoping to produce the sort of performance that will silence his doubters.
German national team manager Joachim Low has decided to break his silence regarding the issue between the German FA (DFB) and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.
In the aftermath of Germany’s disastrous World Cup title-defending campaign, Ozil withdrew from the national team and did so by releasing a three-part statement in which he claimed he was a victim of racism from the DFB and the German public, saying what several players of origins different from their assumed nationalities (Romelu Lukaku for one) have said in the past:
“I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose”.
There have been a series of what you could call ‘rumours’ regarding the Mesut Ozil situation at Arsenal, after a few less than impressive performances from the former Germany international. Of course, that fact right there is one of the reasons why so many people are questioning Ozil at the moment. Is the situation with the German national team impacting him more than we think? Are there still pieces of information that we need to learn about that we otherwise haven’t been informed of?
Mesut Ozil was left out of Arsenal squad for the win against West Ham on Saturday, and it has prompted many theories as to why.
Reports said he was ill. This claim is actually not unlikely. The attacking midfielder has now been absent through illness on six different occurrences in the last 20 months, according to ESPN. This suggests that a case of him catching a cold is not that unbelievable, since it’s a common problem of his. It seems his immune system has become something of a joke among the fans.
Aaron Ramsey’s contract negotiations seem to have gone on forever at Arsenal. The Welsh midfielder has drifted into the last year of his contract with the north London club while talks have been on going.
Gunners boss Unai Emery seems to believe that the speculation over the midfielder is affecting his game. In fact, the Spaniard has told Ramsey to concentrate on his football, rather than think about his contract situation.
Asked if he believed Ramsey lacked focus this season Emery said: “I don’t know but I am thinking in the present. I spoke with him last week but now, today, my focus is on the match and I want the player to be focused only on Saturday.”
We’re two games into the Premier League season and, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as if Mesut Ozil has been able to bounce back from his international dilemma in the way that many had hoped. Whilst it’s not like we can put all of his performances down to what happened with Germany it certainly seems like a distraction, but as we get away from the excuses side of things, it may be time for fans to face a harsh reality.
Speaking to the press after the 3-2 defeat away to Chelsea on Saturday, Arsenal manager Unai Emery revealed some thoughts of his on what he has seen so far, as well as some thoughts behind some decisions he made in the game.
About the result
Emery says he had spoken with the players beforehand about the need for improvement and the need to be more competitive in this game than the previous one. Having gone two goals down rather early, he was happy with the way the team responded and deservedly leveled the score.
As soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the January transfer window from Dortmund, fans were asking where does that leave Alexandre Lacazette. It was a valid question.
Aubameyang was not a Lacazette replacement
The France international had only arrived last summer for a club record fee from Lyon. He had not made a terrible start to life in north London, so signing a replacement for him seemed harsh.
However, the move was not about replacing Lacazette, it was about signing one of the most prolific forwards in world football. For half a decade, the Gabon international had scored goals in Ligue One and the Bundesliga, establishing a big reputation in the process.