Mesut Ozil Returns – This Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1 XI Can Beat Red Star Belgrade

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC

Arsenal lost their Premier League game against Watford and will look to bounce back in the Europa League when they face Red Star Belgrade tomorrow night.

The Gunners are on top of their group after we won our first two games. On the other hand, the Serbian side are second with four points. It still remains to be seen who will come out on top.

As far as Arsene Wenger’s side is concerned, we can expect the French boss to make few changes to the starting XI that started vs the Hornets at the weekend.

German international Mesut Ozil returned from injury and featured in the second half vs Watford. He should get the nod to return to the starting XI tomorrow night.

The former Real Madrid star should partner Walcott in the attack behind Olivier Giroud. In the goal, we can expect Ospina to replace Cech. Arsenal’s B team should be good enough to earn all three points, possible XI provided below.

Mesut Ozil’s agent admits Mesut Ozil contract talks with Arsenal are ‘going in a positive way.’

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC

Talks over extending Mesuit Ozil’s contract at Arsenal according to the agent of the German midfielder are “going in a positive way”.

Ozil could be back in action for Arsenal’s trip to Watford on Saturday after recovering from a knee injury which kept the German World Cup winner of international duty as Germany secured their place at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The 2010 Germany World Cup winner joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in a then club-record £42.5million deal in September 2013, but as yet has not agree a new contract.

There had been rumours, though, the former Los Blancos playmaker could be sold in January to avoid him leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

Per reports, Inter Milan, Besiktas and Manchester United, now managed by his former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, have all been reported as possible destination for player said to be seeking a salary in the region of £300,000-per-week.

The German’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut, however, suggested in quotes to Turkish media outlet Fanatik that the German could well be staying put.

Sogut said: “Ozil wants to play another two to three years in the Premier League.

“Our contacts with Arsenal continue and are going in a positive way.”

Arsenal will be back in Premier League action this weekend when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on the back of an unbeaten run through seven matches across all competitions, with four successive victories.

However, we would be without the service of German defender Shkodran Mustafi, who suffered a suspected thigh muscle tear while on international duty.

Forward Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, faced a long trek back to London following Chile’s final World Cup qualifier against Brazil, which saw them lose 3-0 in Sao Paulo and so miss out on a place in Russia next summer.

Report: Man United, Barcelona Ready To Sign Mesut Ozil Next Summer

October 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Premier League, Transfers

Barcelona and Manchester United are poised to signing Mesut Ozil when his Arsenal contract expires in summer 2018, according to Goal.

The Germany international became the Gunners’ record signing when he arrived the Emirates from Real Madrid in 2013, but Arsenal and Ozil have been unable to agree on a contract extension during their talks over the last year. As it stands, the former Los Blancos midfielder is able to leave the club for nothing at the end of June, and will be able to talk about signing a pre-contract agreement with other clubs from January.

The German and teammate Alexis Sanchez find themselves in similar situations contractually, though the report goes on to claim the Chilean has “no intention” of committing to Arsenal by putting pen to paper on a new deal. Sanchez has been linked with Premier Leagues sides Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, as well as the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, according to Football Weeks.

He is all but certain to leave the club, though the report adds that Ozil’s situation isn’t quite so clear cut. Reports claimed that Sanchez recently turned down a new £275,000-a-week deal are claimed to be false, and Ozil has just bought a new house in London – meaning he is open to staying.

United boss Jose Mourinho has worked with Ozil at Real Madrid in the past – the European champions are another club the player would be interested in joining – and the two share a healthy relationship. While Ozil has revealed Mourinho once labelled him a “coward” in a dressing room row, the Portuguese wrote the foreword in a book recently released by Ozil.

Mourinho is open to signing Ozil to Old Trafford, though there is understood to be a little bit of reluctance on Ozil’s stance in joining the Red Devils, and is set to make a play for him as he looks to bring in a number of new additions for next year. Ozil would however consider a move up north.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are looking for more creativity in their midfield. They failed with several offers for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in the summer, and Ozil could be seen as a more affordable option.

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