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Mesut Ozil

25-Year-Old Midfielder     Arsenal  Premier


STATUS:  Game-Time Decision   INJURY:  Coach's Decision    EST. RETURN:  8/16/2014
Birthdate:  October 15, 1988    Birthplace:  Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
Nationality:  Germany    Height:  6' 0"    

July 26, 2014    Mesut Ozil News

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Ozil will likely be held out of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on August 16 while he recovers from the World Cup, the Daily Mail reports.

Ozil is not expected to return to training until August 11, which comes only five days before the Palace match. There isn't an injury to report, so Ozil could return for Gameweek 2.

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Mesut Ozil: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

July 9, 2014

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Ozil picked up an assist in Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday.

Ozil missed a good chance to give Germany an 8-0 lead, but he could hardly have been blamed at that point. The Arsenal midfielder hasn't been a greatly productive player in the tournament, with Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira both outplaying him.

May 28, 2014

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Ozil led Arsenal with nine assists and also scored five goals in 26 appearances during his first Premiership campaign this season.

Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid on deadline day of the summer transfer window and quickly paid dividends as the Gunners' most expensive signing in club history. The German playmaker started his Premier League career with two goals and three assists in five appearances, before hitting a mid-season lull that included both shoulder and hamstring injuries. Ultimately, Ozil was trusted in Arsenal's coveted No. 10 role, making him the fulcrum their attack. While he often could be more aggressive in attempting shots on goal, Ozil possesses a unique ability to set his teammates up for scoring opportunities, evidenced by nine assists. Following this summer's World Cup, Ozil figures to be one of the most highly regarded midfielders in fantasy leagues, especially with a year of experience in the English game now under his belt.

April 29, 2014

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Ozil notched both a goal and an assist in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday.

Ozil reminded Arsenal supporters of his early season form with a spectacular display Monday. The German scored a tap-in goal from close range before halftime and then set up striker Olivier Giroud with a pinpoint cross during the second half. In 24 Premiership appearances as a Gunner, Ozil has tallied five goals and nine assists.

April 20, 2014

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Ozil has returned from his hamstring injury and is in the starting XI for Sunday's match against Hull City.

Ozil has missed more than a month with his hamstring injury, last playing on March 11 against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. He is a huge boost for the Gunners, who have favorable matchups throughout the rest of the season.

April 16, 2014

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Ozil is expected to return from his hamstring injury to play Sunday against Hull City, the Independent reports.

Ozil has not played since suffering the injury in Arsenal's Champions League match against Bayern Munich back on March 11. He'll be a huge boost in the midfield, while finally getting to partner again with Aaron Ramsey for the first time since Boxing Day. Ozil has four goals and eight assists in Premier League play this season, although his last assist was back on January 28 against Southampton and his last goal came on December 8 against Everton.

April 10, 2014

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Ozil (hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's FA Cup semifinal against Wigan, but may be able to return for the following weekend's Premier League match against Hull City, the club's official web site reports.

Ozil has not played since March 11 against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and will be a huge boost when he does return. The German midfielder has not scored in a Premier League game since December 8 against Everton, with his last assist coming back on January 28 against Southampton.

March 11, 2014

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Ozil suffered a hamstring injury during the first half of Arsenal's Champions League match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Oliver Kay of The Times reports. Manager Arsene Wenger said after the match that "it looks quite serious. For sure he's out for at least a few weeks."

Ozil was a surprise sub at halftime, with Tomas Rosicky taking his place. The news of a hamstring injury surely helps explain that, and Arsenal will now be without another top midfielder, with Theo Walcott out for the year, and Aaron Ramsey still working his way back from a thigh injury. It comes at an incredible tough time for the Gunners, who face Spurs, Chelsea, Swansea, Manchester City, and Everton in their next five Premier League matches.