Panic for Arsenal just days before new season as star could leave

Some worrying news for Arsenal fans has emerged just days before they kick off their Premier League season at home against Liverpool as German newspaper Bild report Mesut Ozil would be immediately ready to return to Real Madrid.

Arsenal’s struggles are already being widely spoken about as they prepare to start the season with a squad with some major problems. Arsene Wenger looks like he is going to have to drop Laurent Koscielny in at the back without undergoing preseason as Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are both injured.

Wenger has already claimed players who featured in Euro 2016 could struggle in the early weeks of the season and rumours of an Ozil exit will only have intensified panic.

The Arsenal manager’s transfer policy has come under scrutiny once again as he has yet to bring in a big-money high-profile striker, one position fans are desperate to see filled.

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Although there is plenty to be positive about for Arsenal, this is certainly a concerning time for fans and the potential departure of Ozil would be devastating.

Why would Ozil returning to Real Madrid be a huge blow for Arsenal?

Assists:

No Arsenal fan needs telling how influential Ozil is. The German playmaker registered 19 assists in the Premier League last season, the highest total made by any player in the 2015/16 campaign.

Chances created:

Ozil created a whopping 144 chances for teammates in the league last season. Another reason why Arsenal fans are so desperate for Wenger to sign a word-class striker. Ozil would arguably become an even more important player for the club with someone in front of him to constantly put the ball in the net. His reputation for supplying Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid was one reason why Arsenal fans were so excited to see the German join back in 2013.

Passing: 

The German made 1936 successful passes last season with 1242 of those being forward passes. If those statistics aren’t impressive enough on their own, he averaged a pass completion of 87%.

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Arsenal quite simply wouldn’t be able to replace Ozil if he left this late on in the transfer window, this close to the start of their season. His influence on the side is huge and along with his passing and assist statistics he also scored six league goals in 2015/16.

As far as things stand there has been no contact reported from Real Madrid for the Arsenal man, and fans will be hoping that nothing changes in the time remaining in the summer transfer window.

How important is Ozil to Arsenal? Will he return to Madrid this summer?

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Liverpool legend urges Arsenal to strengthen this summer

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has urged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to strengthen his squad this summer.

The comments come as Arsenal drew 1-1 against Manchester United on Sunday, and Souness suggested that to win the title, Arsenal would need to strengthen over the summer.

“Forget spine, forget any names, if you’re a big football club and you’re not strengthening, you’re standing still as all the other big clubs will be strengthening.” Souness said on Sky Sports.

Arsenal’s title drought has stretched another year and it’s now eleven years without winning the league for the Gunners.

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A topic that has sparked debate is Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy recently. Arsenal have made a marquee signing in each of the last two summer transfer windows, adding Mesut Ozil in 2013 and Alexis Sanchez in 2014.

Both players have been brilliant recently and Souness has suggested that Arsenal should once again look to spend big in the market.

Should Arsenal look to strengthen again it would be interesting to see who they target, as it seems that they will be competing with rivals: Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea for the biggest names available.

Do Arsenal need to strengthen this summer, and which players should they be looking at?

Chelsea lining up SHOCK move for Arsenal superstar – report

Mesut Ozil is being linked with a summer exit from Arsenal despite rediscovering his form over recent months, and a move to Chelsea is being suggested by Fichajes.net.

The 26-year-old German playmaker joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in a £42.5 million deal two years ago but has continuously come under criticism for his performances.

Ozil has four goals and five assists in 15 Premier League appearances this season and helped the Gunners past Reading in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday with two assists, pushing Arsenal to their second successive final in the competition.

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But Fichajes claim that Ozil could link up with former coach Jose Mourinho at Chelsea this summer in what would be a shock transfer.

The German was signed by Mourinho at Real Madrid and only left the Spanish giants after the Portuguese head coach moved back to the Premier League with Chelsea.

The Arsenal star has a lot of respect for Mourinho, while the Chelsea boss has always heaped praise on the German. He previously explained that: “Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad copy.”

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A summer switch from Arsenal to Chelsea is unlikely as the Gunners would not want to see any of their best players move to their London rivals.

But the Blues may be looking to Ozil if the likes of Oscar move on this summer as a central playmaker will be needed to reinforce the league leaders’ attack.

Would Mesut Ozil leave Arsenal for Chelsea? Should the Blues make a move for the German playmaker?

Former Spurs man heaps praise on ‘special’ Arsenal star

Former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has praised Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil after another fine display in Saturday’s 4-1 win against the Merseyside club.

Ozil scored the second goal in that win and was at the forefront of most of Arsenal’s attacking play in another impressive display after a season interrupted by criticism again.

And Jamie Redknapp, who also works as a pundit for Sky Sports, thinks that he is an easy target for criticism because of how laid back he looks when playing.

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“There’s no doubt that Mesut Ozil is an easy target for ex-pros and pundits. But when he’s at his best he is worth paying to watch,” Redknapp said in his Daily Mail column.

“I’d much rather see a quality player do something special than a bunch of grafters with nothing to show for it.

“Against Liverpool, Ozil was at his brilliant best in a massive game. You don’t become a Real Madrid hero or win the World Cup without being something special. Ozil is just that.”

The German star has now scored four goals with five assists in 15 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season and the 26 year old looks to be improving with each game at the moment.

He is a player that can produce moments of magic out of nothing, but can also try to overcomplicate things, and Redknapp went on to say that people are still too quick to criticise the former Real Madrid man.

“When things don’t come off for the German, people are quick to criticise. We do that too much in this country — looking at what people can’t do rather than what they can — and it’s where we go wrong so often.

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“No, Ozil doesn’t charge around like Alexis Sanchez so people say he doesn’t care. Just ask Liverpool if Ozil cared about the game on Saturday.”

Saturday’s result leaves Arsenal nine points clear of Liverpool and Spurs as the Gunners look to have sealed another top four finish.

Arsene Wenger’s men are looking up rather than down the table and they are seven points behind leaders Chelsea, with a key clash at the Emirates still to come against the Blues.

Is Mesut Ozil unfairly criticised too often? How important is he to Arsenal?

Arsenal star aspires to be regarded as the world’s best

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is hungry for success and wants to better his career achievements already acquired by one day winning the Ballon d’Or.

The 26-year-old playmaker has come in for criticism for some below-par performances by his usual high-standards, but admits his desire for success hasn’t changed.

“When I was a kid I dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or. I still have that dream,” Ozil said in an interview with German newspaper, Express.

His critics claim he isn’t providing enough for the side and claim his lack of goals will stop him ever being compared to the world’s greatest stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but Ozil disagrees.

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“I have nothing to prove to them. I do not have a big ego. It is more important for me to create goals for others than to score them for myself.

“I don’t need to score goals to be happy. Assists are what make me happy.”

The German international has featured in 14 Premier League games so far this season, scoring just three times, but he has created 35 chances with five assists so far.

He claims to be training as hard as he ever has done and added: “My body is more stable, I feel fresher. And you need that strength in England.”

Ozil missed out on the UEFA Team of the Year for the first time in three years in 2014 but few can question his underlying talent. It is now a case of showing that talent on a regular basis.

Ozil will have to perform at his highest ability to fend off those who have criticised his move to Arsenal and he must now replicate the form and passion he showed when at Real Madrid.