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Post by VendettaRed07 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:06 pm

Wenger needs to rest Ozil more. He's not the type of player that can play every game in every competition or 3 games in 7 days etc. He gets tired.

He'd be sharper more often if he got more rest. lmo. l don't think he ever played as many games in as little time at Madrid.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Chumlum on Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:23 pm

Michael Cox has a defense of the Mighty Umlaut up now on ESPN FC

http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/tacticsandanalysis/id/2617?cc=5901

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In football, the problem with appearing nonchalant is that you’re at the mercy of your team’s collective performance. When Dimitar Berbatov was challenging for the title, he was languid. When battling relegation with Fulham, he was merely lazy. When Swansea were winning the Capital One Cup under Michael Laudrup he seemed effortlessly cool, but once they started to struggle, he looked like he didn’t give a toss.

Mesut Ozil is another prime example, although the German is a contradiction -- he's laid-back, unhurried and casual, but also depends upon bursts of movement, often on the counter-attack. He’s not an archetypal No. 10 who slows the tempo, he’s a modern, dynamic and versatile attacking midfielder capable of striking quickly and efficiently.

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Unquestionably, Ozil’s form has dipped over the past month. Only his second half at Southampton, when he took hold of the game and drove Arsenal forward, is evidence of his raw star quality.

But does this dip in form cancel out his bright opening? Or, to put it another way, is it problematic if a player’s best performances are clustered together, rather than spread out over the course of the campaign? It’s not a rare problem for a playmaker -- David Silva, for example, was playing astonishingly effective throughout the first half of Manchester City’s title-winning campaign in 2011/12, but underperformed after Christmas. His average level of performance over the course of the season, though, was still very good. That’s roughly what’s happened with Ozil: only Wayne Rooney has recorded more assists, and only Silva has created more chances.

There are mitigating circumstances, too -- Ozil has suffered more than anyone because of Theo Walcott’s absence. The two are theoretically perfect together, with Ozil playing the through-balls and Walcott running in behind. Lukas Podolski, who provides something similar from the left, has also been absent and isn’t at full sharpness, a setback considering the way he’s combined with Ozil at international level over the years.

It’s also worth wondering whether Ozil is suffering physically, too. At Real Madrid it became a running joke how frequently he was substituted by Jose Mourinho, which was partly because Mourinho asked his playmaker to make continuous bursts into the channels, and knew these dried up when the German became fatigued.

In English football the pace is more intense, Ozil has started almost every game, and – aside from a brief injury absence – he hasn’t enjoyed the winter break he’s been accustomed to. Again, a post-Christmas dip in a debut season has been a problem for Silva, Juan Mata, Rafael van der Vaart and Michu, other players who arrived from La Liga and performed superbly in their first few months, before appearing tired by the spring.

It’s worth underlining, too, that Ozil is just twenty games into his Arsenal career. The expectations upon modern footballers making an instant, consistent impact are quite incredible, and you wonder how mid-season reviews of previous Arsenal legends would have read. Dennis Bergkamp struggled to adapt to the pace, with manager Bruce Rioch openly wondering whether he could play two games in a week. Robert Pires criticised the physicality and seemed a downgrade on Marc Overmars, while Thierry Henry struggled in front of goal and admitted midway through the campaign that he needed to “go back to school and be re-taught everything about the art of striking.”

Compared with those players’ first 20 games, Ozil has been much better. This is a comparison, too, with players who came to the club either having previously named in the top three in the Ballon D’Or, in Bergkamp’s case, or having won the World Cup. Ozil’s adaptation to the league remains impressive, his direct and indirect impact on Arsenal quite extraordinary.
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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by BarcaLearning on Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:35 am

Always like to read Michael Cox. He gives a clear picture among all the different opinions, despite being his own, I think helps a lot to make sense of it all.

What do u all think?
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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Raptorgunner on Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:49 am

Ozil has a great chance tonight to prove many of us wrong.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by anh165 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:08 am


Ozil doesn't need to prove anyone wrong, he can get better in the context of the playing styles and tactics of the PL, but he's contributed more than enough in terms of passing and assists.




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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Raptorgunner on Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:23 am

 Laughing 

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by El Gunner on Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:50 pm

I will support Mesut Özil! He is an Arsenal player and I will.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by RealGunner on Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:52 pm

See today's match and then come back to me with the garbage posts in this thread like "Another Mata","only assist padder" and "60 minutes player"

Our best player by an absolute mile along with Szczesny. Feel so sorry for him to play with CMs at wide areas and a traffic cone upfront. Everytime he wanted to start a counter he faced with players slower than prime Denilson.
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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Valkyrja on Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:58 pm

the guy oozes class, but he really needs players who make runs.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by VivaStPauli on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:08 pm

Needs Walcott, Podolski and a third fast forward in front of him, also possibly pacey wing backs. Initiates the odd almost-perfect counter and has nobody to pass to. Deceived at the most tragic level.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Lex on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:10 pm

Needs to start training with Ox more and adopt him as his layoff guy. He's just as fast as Walcott, but a bit more technically sound

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by MJ on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:12 pm

He was splendid and harassed United when they had the ball too. Absolute shame both Theo and Rambo are out.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by danyjr on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:14 pm

Once the donkey's out, he'll get back to his godly status.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by RealGunner on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:17 pm

@danyjr wrote:Once the donkey's out, he'll get back to his godly status.

You win the Giroud round but I won the Ramsey one :coffee:

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by danyjr on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:25 pm

@RealGunner wrote:
@danyjr wrote:Once the donkey's out, he'll get back to his godly status.

You win the Giroud round but I won the Ramsey one :coffee:

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Dunno what you're talking about brah...I have always been a big fan of Ramsey :coffee:

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Art Morte on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:34 pm

@RealGunner wrote:See today's match and then come back to me with the garbage posts in this thread like "Another Mata","only assist padder" and "60 minutes player"

Our best player by an absolute mile along with Szczesny. Feel so sorry for him to play with CMs at wide areas and a traffic cone upfront. Everytime he wanted to start a counter he faced with players slower than prime Denilson.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Babun on Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:14 pm

He initiated both goals against Liverpool with a cross and incessive pass to the wing while Pool were doing everything in their might with their first team to get back into the game. Keep hating dude (OP) Laughing
It's one of reasons discussion boards are fun eco smile

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by VendettaRed07 on Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:16 pm

What a shock.. when players actually run and move around the pitch then ozil is a monster.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by El Gunner on Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:35 pm

@Babun wrote:He initiated both goals against Liverpool with a cross and incessive pass to the wing while Pool were doing everything in their might with their first team to get back into the game. Keep hating dude (OP) Laughing
It's one of reasons discussion boards are fun eco smile
Happy to amuse you.

As if I said that Özil never assists in goals.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Jay29 on Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:50 pm

Worked very hard today, too, fwiw. Certainly didn't neglect his defensive duties and spent a good part of the 2nd half covering the left back.

Will probably be shot for Bayern, though.
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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by RealGunner on Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:54 pm

Should have taken him off instead of Podolski
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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by El Gunner on Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:08 pm

10-20min doesn't make much difference though... Or does it?

Anyway, he had a good game. Thumbs up

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Red Alert on Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:09 am

He had a good game? What?

Cazorla did more in 15 minutes than Ozil did in majority of the game. He put in a cross (which was tame and should of been cleared but Liverpool's average at defending in the air) for your first goal and that was about it. The ox made your second.
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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by urbaNRoots on Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:39 am

We had some wing play and Özil plays awesome again, shocker...
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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by Red Alert on Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:18 am

Wasn't even that good, dude.

He was decent but he wasn't good. Was better than he has been in the last few weeks but don't overrate his performance.

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Re: All about Mesut Özil

Post by MJ on Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:37 am

He was good. Created both chances that led to the goals. Credit where it's due.

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