World Cup-winning maestro Mesut Ozil has moved to deny a report published in The Sun which linked him with a move away from Arsenal if Arsene Wenger remained at the helm into next season.
The story, which cited ‘sources in Spain’, essentially touted him with a move to every club in La Liga, with the exception of Real Madrid. The journalism was as absurd as it was lazy, but the German breathed life into the story by taking to Twitter.
Certainly good to hear – it’s always a delight when click-baitey journalism is exposed for what it is -but strange that he felt compelled to respond.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that he did. I’m all for players speaking their minds, sharing an opinion, and generally doing what other humans do. But there must be a million reports linking him with this, that, and the other every day. Why respond to this one, specifically?
With international friendlies coming up (yawn) perhaps he was simply bored in the Harlow branch of Travelodge and fancied a Tweet. Far be it from me to judge. I only hope that there is no fire with this particular puff of smoke.
Speaking of fire, it’s fair to say the 27-year-old has been engulfed in it this season, with seven goals and 18 assists in all competitions, so far. His tally for assists, with games still to be played, is by far his best to date, surpassing totals achieved in both Spain and Germany.
A few more goals to his name between now and May and this may even register as a record campaign on all fronts.
His success has no doubt been aided by the absence of Santi Cazorla, who would arguably have shared the load with his colleague, but Ozil has risen to the challenge admirably and truly excelled.
His season had been filled with highlights, some frankly outrageous passing and deft touches, but my personal favourite ‘Mesut Moment’ to date came in December’s 3-1 win over Sunderland. Back to goal, Ozil took a ball out of mid-air, tucked it through his legs and slipped around DeAndre Yedlin like a seagull nicking a chip. An airborne Cruyff turn. Brilliant stuff.
Relive that glorious moment for the next hour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ttCqKPJyU
So the man once described as ‘nicking a living’ by the half-wits who dominate the world of football punditry has proved his class beyond doubt.
He may not have come out and committed himself to the next 10 years at Arsenal, but he did feel compelled to set the record straight and, frankly, that’s good enough for me.
In your face Rupert Murdoch!