Germany sweat on Ozil World Cup fitness

36

Mesut Ozil is facing a race against time to be fit for Germany’s opening game of the World Cup against Mexico on 17 June.

The Arsenal midfielder is understood to have suffered bruising to his knee after clashing with Watford’s Sebastian Prodl in last weekend’s friendly defeat to Austria.

Ozil, who missed the Gunners final three games of the season with a back injury, opened the scoring on 11 minutes but was substituted in the second half.

The 29-year-old has undertaking fitness and conditioning work on his own since picking up the problem and is expected to miss Die Mannschaft’s final warm-up game against Saudi Arabia on Friday.

36
Leave a Reply

avatar
newest oldest most voted
Alex
Alex

No, Keown knows better: Özil has been faking for months just to… well.. to… Nobody knows why but he is faking, basta. And now he’s lurred the German docs!

D ceee
D ceee

Heres hoping he has a blinding World Cup and Barca come in with 100M offer for him

Double98
Double98

Come back to colney and get fit for next season 🙂

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

Yes please! Two likes from a mexican gooner!

Hantal
Hantal

At least this one is explained. Hopefully Emery has a suitcase full of Lemsip for all those little coughs and colds Ozil picks up ahead of games against the bottom halfway of the table

Mikeh
Mikeh

Nice try Martin Keown.

adgonner
adgonner

I wonder where all this ozil love comes from. He has not anything so worthy for the club so as to deserve a different treatment from Ramsey or Xhaka or anyone first team regular for that matter.

Runzac
Runzac

His touch, his passing and vision is among the best there is. If you want to judge him on defensive skills go ahead – it would be like judging Martin Keown for his clinical finishing

Prof Wenger to Emerytus
Prof Wenger to Emerytus

Henry is still has the record of most assists in the league and you know he is also the king of clinical finishes. If you want to set the bar low and enjoy Europa League games against FC Kamuchaka, it is your choice.

Martin
Martin

Ozil has set the record in the Premier League for the fastest player to 50 assists. Just for the record

D ceee
D ceee

Keown probably has more Arsenal goals than Ozil

Martin
Martin

Why do you say he is getting different treatment?

Prof Wenger to Emerytus
Prof Wenger to Emerytus

I laughed when somebody said: Why is Ozil having back problems ? He is not even carrying the team.

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner

Talking with certainty about things you don’t know much about, is this a new norm?

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

As much as I want to watch him play at the world cup, I wouldn’t mind him resting and healing properly ahead of the new season. I’d hate to have 2 deadly finishers up front and then struggle to create presentable chances for them.
I think he’ll finally show us what he’s capable of this coming season. COYG!

adgonner
adgonner

Bro if you really love ozil, you would want him to Olay for Germany. Coz that’s were he really shows his worth.

afan
afan

yeah, shame he don’t play with the same passion with arsenal as he does with germany

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Finally? The only season he’s been not up to his usual great standards is last.

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner

Everyone likes to focus on the physical aspect, but what about the mental boost playing in the world gives to players? Especially playing in a team that plans to go all the way to the final? The confidence it gives them, the experience? That’s why I’m sad that Lacazette wasn’t picked for France.

bob
bob

Agreed, when Russia didn’t qualify for the Euros (I think?), that was a death knell for Arshavin’s career. I mean he wasn’t exactly the most energetic before that, but that mental hit sparked a sharp decline 🙁

GFSammy
GFSammy

3 deadly finishers. Don’t forget Nketiah

Martin
Martin

Are you saying that our most creative player in recent years hasn’t shown what he’s capable of?

ramgooner
ramgooner

We should get one more top winger or forward. Ozil should be rested in some away games especially when we play against elbowy cunts. A front 4 of Auba Lacazette Mkhitaryan and the new signing will be great.
Timo werner is my choice but if it’s someone like gelson martins I say why not?

Our attack is awesome but not awesome enough to terrify our opponents.

TCGNR
TCGNR

Supposedly we had a bid turned down for Martins. That dude looks legit, wouldn’t be a bad winger signing at all.

GHunner
GHunner

He doesn’t deserve to wear the Germany shirt. He can’t handle big tournaments like the World Cup. He’s malingering. He’s afraid of Brasil. blah blah blah.
English pundits, over to you.
#geniuses

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

I saw in loco how afraid the Germans were in 2014 🙄

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Nicking a living, ain’t he?

Martin
Martin

Yes he is by being one of the most creative players in the world and the first name on the team sheet of World Champions Germany. Do you really think he wants to miss the World Cup?

afan
afan

ha ha ha, the most creative player in the world, he aint the most creative player in the premier

Martin
Martin

Over the past few years he has been and he wouldn’t have been German player of the year for 5 of the past 6 years if he wasn’t so creative.

Vonnie
Vonnie

He’s created more chances than anyone else in his time with us. It’s not his fault that he’s had to watch Walcott, Welbeck etc. tripping over their own feet or cunting the ball into row z. Now we have a good strikeforce watch him next season. Also, he shouldn’t have to play in games against cloggers like stoke (before they were relegated) and other crap away games, that’s what a squad is for. Less talented but more robust players can take on those opponents, every player has their strengths and weaknesses. You don’t use a Derby winner to pull a cart, horses for courses. I really hope Mesut gets over his injury quickly and plays a blinder at this world cup. i’d absolutely love it if he could win it twice.

hotfuzz14
hotfuzz14

Surely he’s faking it!!! Ain’t he? The fuck bucket is faking it! He’s got no cojones to face the mighty Saudi Arabia so he’s claimed a bruised knee… Run out of “cold illnesses” now it’s bruises… What next? ACL ruptures?
Tsk tsk tsk Martin you conspiracy theorist!

Rich
Rich

Probably fancies the summer off, he did play 33 games for us last season, this guy needs a holiday from his holiday

Martin
Martin

Yes the German player of the year for 5 of the last 6 years has decided he doesn’t want play in the World Cup

Rich
Rich

You’re not wrong

jon

He is a fantastic player, but as Ivan said when outlining the requirements for a new coach, values are everything. The Erdogan stunt excludes Özil from our club, in my opinion.