HAPPY BIRTHDAY OZIL: 23 Things You Need to Know about Mesut Ozil

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Today is Mesut Ozil’s birthday, and to celebrate him, we have come up with some things you  did not know about him.

The German World Cup winner turned 27-years-old, while he still is under contract at the Gunners until 2018.

1        He’s Arsenal’s record signing

He arrived from Real Madrid for £42.4m in 2013

2       Ozil was the assist king at Real Madrid

In his three seasons at the Bernabeu, he created 47 league goals. 17 in season one (one behind assist leader Lionel Messi), 17 in season two (the most in La Liga) and 13 in 2012/13 (just behind assist leader Andrea Iniesta)


3       He has a unique celebration

His ‘M’ goal celebration, where he makes the letter with his fingers, is in dedication to his niece Mira

4       He was the joint highest assist provider at the 2010 World Cup AND Euro 2012

He made three goals at both tournaments

5        He always prays from the Quran before a match

‘I always recite from Quran before I go out (on the pitch). This really helps me to keep me focused. I pray and my team-mates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period.’

6       Jose Mourinho is a big fan

‘Ozil is unique, there is no copy of him, not even a bad copy’

7        He’s had some odd nicknames

He’s been called The Raven – due to his smart and opportunistic style of play

8       Ozil is a great philanthropist

He famously spent his bonus for winning the 2014 World Cup on operations for 23 Brazilian children

9       Mandy Capristo

He once dated the German singer

10     He is the seventh most popular sportsman on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Kaka, Neymar and Ronaldinho are the only players who can claim to be ahead of him.

11      His ancestors are from Turkey

Ozil is a third generation German

12     Mesut Ozil has said he wants to win the Ballon d’Or

‘If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands. I am convinced that it can happen’

13     ‘I am a Gunner’

These were his first words after joining Arsenal

14     Ozil made his first professional start with Schalke in 2006

He moved to Werder Bremen in 2008 and then joined Real Madrid in 2010 before switching to Arsenal in 2013

15      ‘Only God Can Judge Me’

The name of a Tupac song, and the words of a tattoo Ozil has

16     More artwork

Ozil also has a huge roaring lion on his upper left arm

17      He’s been named Germany player of the year three times

In 2011, 2012 and 2013

18     He started all seven of Germany’s games at the 2014 World Cup

Including that 7-1 win over Brazil

19     He once quoted Arsenal legend Tony Adams on social media

Ozil wrote on Facebook: ‘Play for the name on the front of the shirt and they’ll remember the name on the back’, accompanied by a picture of him celebrating for the Gunners

20    Ozil is the highest paid player at Arsenal

He earns £140,000-a-week

21     When Rooney had a meltdown in 2010 over a new contract, according to Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United captain urged the club to sign Ozil

They didn’t

22     He enjoys a cigarette

He’s been pictured puffing on smokes before

23     Theo Walcott is a big fan

‘He makes football look easy’

On 2 August 2015, Özil started for Arsenal in the 2015 FA Community Shield, where the Gunners beat league champions Chelsea 1–0 at Wembley Stadium. A week later, he made his first appearance of the Premier League season in Arsenal’s 2–0 opening day defeat to West Ham United.

Özil scored his first goal of 2015–16 in a 3–0 home victory over Manchester United on 4 October.

He had earlier assisted Alexis Sánchez to give the Gunners the lead in the sixth minute of the match.



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