Barcelona might be interested in signing Mesut Ozil in the summer with the Spanish club preparing a player and money deal. There is a special clause in Ozil contract that specifies that Real Madrid has the first refusal in case he is sold to a rival Spanish club. So as to circumvent this clause, Barcelona will try to offer players in exchange of Ozil.
The three players that will be offered to Arsenal are ArdaTuran, Sandro Ramirez and Munir El Haddadi and in fairness will not be a big upgrade on players Arsenal currently has. If ever, Ozil is going to be sold it is likely that Wenger will be interested in a transfer fee above the £42.5million that Arsenal paid to Real Madrid in 2013.
Mesut Ozil has made 110 appearances so far for the Gunners and has scored 19 goals. However, Ozil should not be judged by the number of goals he scored but rather on the number of assists, and chances created. And it is this creativity that Barcelona will want to bring to the Nou Camp. And with players such as Messi, Suarez and Neymar up front, a team consisting of Ozil behind these forwards can be difficult to stop.
One of the top summer targets of Manchester City is Paul Pogba of Juventus but trying to sign the French player is very difficult as he is also being targeted by a number of top European clubs including: Manchester United, Chelsea, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Taking into consideration just how complicated it will be to sign Paul Pogba, Manchester City are already searching for a backup option and one of these backup’s is Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
Manchester City are believed to be preparing an offer of around €40 million in order to tempt Arsenal in selling Wilshere but the English player might be out of the reach of Manchester City as well because Arsene Wenger is not interested in releasing one of his most promising young figures.
The French manager Arsene Wenger is viewing Jack Wilshere as the future of Arsenal’s central midfield and will attempt to secure his services for as long as possible. Even at his young age, Wilshere is already one of the candidates of becoming the captain of Arsenal in the near future.
Jack Wilshere currently has a contract with Arsenal which extends until 2018 and he is earning €60,0000 but a pay raise is expecting to be given to him within the next few weeks as a way to motivate Wilshere to keep on playing at the Emirates Stadium and not have any interest of joining any other clubs despite how tempting their offers might be. (more…)
Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf says that he is extremely grateful to manager Mark Hughes for giving him the opportunity to impress at the Premier League club.
After struggling with the likes of Manchester United and Blackburn in his two years in English football, it appeared to be certain that Diouf would be written off as a massive flop. This, however, has changed after just 12 months at the Britannia stadium. Stoke took the gamble on the former Hannover 96 player and it has paid off with a return of 13 goals in all competitions last season.
Some of his goals were also extremely important and the Senegalese striker looks set to remain as a key part of the club’s play going into the new campaign. Since he is just 27 years of age, he can prove to be the perfect replacement for Peter Crouch. The former Liverpool and Tottenham forward is coming to the end of his career. Stoke have already been looking at a couple of forwards in order to act as the backup for Diouf. The African forward did not have a happy time in German football too after scoring just eight goals for Hannover. (more…)
Mesut Ozil has so far been one of the important players for the German national team at the World Cup 2014. He has played a crucial role in the opening two matches against Portugal and Ghana. Germany managed a thumping 4-0 win over Portugal, which was followed by a disappointing 2-2 draw against Ghana. Despite this, they go into the final group match against United States needing just a point to qualify for the knockout stages. Depending upon the results, they could even do with a defeat and still qualify.
The have been suggestions prior to the match that Germany may adopt a defensive approach to the game against United States. The Germans are level on points with US, but they are top of the table because of a superior goal difference. Ozil, who came in for criticism towards the end of the campaign with Arsenal, says that Germany will not be going with the attitude of just getting a point. The German defence has also been criticised of late, as they have been conceding a lot of goals in the last 12 months.
The US national team will be coached by former Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann and there is a lot of split love in both camps. Klinsmann decided to call up a number of German born players who were eligible to play for the US national team.
“I believe that as a player we do not play for a draw. We play 90 minutes to score. Our purpose is to do our utmost to win, and that is what we will do. We want to finish top of the group. Nowadays it does not mean anything to this squad. Most of the players had not been born then. They would not have an opinion about that, they never watched it,” said Ozil.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil recently came under fire from sections of this own supporters when he was playing for Germany in the warmup friendly against Cameroon. The last 12 months has been an up-and-down time for the German star. After his £ 42 million move from Real Madrid, he became one of the finest players in the Premier league with a range of passing that made him hugely popular. However, his performance started dipping to alarming levels in the second half of the season. This led to manager Arsene Wenger taking him out of the firing line for several weeks.
Towards the end of the season, he once again appealed to find his form and this was largely seen as the result of the best he had in the last few weeks. The criticism from the Premier league has transformed into the national team level as well. The 24-year-old found himself being booed by some of the German fans when he played in the warmup friendly against Cameroon. Despite being one of the important players the team, it was surprising to see the former Real Madrid man suffer this abuse. After the match, Ozil stated that he wants more respect from the fans as he is giving his 100% to the cause.
“I am no longer a talent but an experienced player who has played in three countries. I take responsibility. The FA Cup win means that I have won three finals. I was voted Germany player of the year three times running and in the team of the year in England – always by the fans – and that is also important to me. I feel that I have the trust of Joachim Low and Arsene Wenger and that I have earned it. I am now 25 years old and at that age every footballer in the world plays in a different way,” said Ozil.
Former Arsenal legend Robert Pires has stated that he expects the club record signing Mesut Ozil to become a major player for the club from next season onwards. After having a great start to his Arsenal career for the first few months in the Premier league, the standards of Ozil slipped down in alarming fashion. Towards the end of the campaign, the German international was so poor that there have been rumours that he could be dropped from the first team. Having cost an incredible £ 42 million from Real Madrid on the final day of last summer’s transfer window, this would represent an incredible loss for the team.
Frenchman Pires, though, have recalled that he took a long time to adapt to the pace of the Premier league. He has recalled that it took him as much as six or seven months in order to play at the level he has been doing in his previous clubs. Pires’ words will provide a lot of confidence to Arsenal fans, who have grown disillusioned with the recent performances of the German international – especially in the big matches. Pires was speaking ahead of the FA Cup final with Hull city, which provides Arsenal with a great opportunity to lift the first major trophy in nine years.
“I like Ozil. He is a very good player, with quality. My first game was at Sunderland and when you come to the UK it’s very difficult because the football is completely different. For me, it was very difficult for six or seven months. When I see Mesut, I say he has had a good first Premier League season. Next season, he will be much better. After six or seven months, it gets easier. It’s totally different in the UK and now Mesut knows!” said Pires.