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Name Mesut Ozil
Spelling Mesut Özil
Gender Male
Ethnic German
  Turkish German
Job Arsenal FC Footballer
  German Footballer
Desc Mesut Ozil is king of assist. No other player has recorded more assists or created more chances in the Premier League since his debut in September 2013. Ozil set a new Premier League record in November 2015 by becoming the first player to create a goal in six consecutive matches. He scored nine goals and made 20 assists in the 2015-16 season and was named Arsenal’s player of the season

Affiliation

Org German National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Real Madrid
  Werder Bremen
  Schalke 04
  RW Essen
  Westfalia

Relationship

Wife Amine Gulse
Father Mustafa Ozil
Friend Per Mertesacker
Girlfriend Mandy Capristo
  Melanie Rickinger
Agent Erkut Sogut
Youth Coach Ralf Maraun

Publication

Book Die Magie des Spiels [The Magic of the Game]

2010 06 11 Retrieve

[q: How excited are you about the World Cup kicking off?] It’s exciting just to be talking about the World Cup. It’s the biggest stage a footballer can reach. And for the fans as well

[q: What are you most looking forward to?] Not many players get to play in a World Cup - it’s a special honour to participate. And I’m looking forward to getting to know South Africa better and meeting the best teams in the world with the best players

[q: Germany is regarded as a tournament team…] And we want to prove it again. We have a lot of respect for our group opponents, but the goal is to get through as the top team in our group. After that, the dream is to win the World Cup

[q: Who are the favourites?] Spain, of course, and Brazil, Argentina and Germany. But there are many teams that are strong and can get far

[q: You won the under-21 title with Germany. Do those experiences help now you’re on an even bigger stage?] In the under-21 tournament we faced a lot of players from the Premier League or Spain, some of whom we’ll meet again now - and some of the Spanish guys have won Euro 2008 already, so it’s going to be very exiting to see how they do this time. As far as the experience of the under 21 games are concerned, I think it does help, though it’s certainly a different level

[q: There are quite a few young players in the German team. How is the feeling going away for such a long time together?] Your first international tournament is one of the things you never forget in your life. It is a new chapter and something you can keep as a secret wish, but it is not guaranteed. Everyone has special feelings about internationals. For me, I will never forget my first game for Germany. And I feel lucky because 10 years ago, younger players did not have the same options as they have today. The attitude regarding youngsters seems to have changed in general. Young players get more responsibility

[q: Why do you think that is?] Young players have proved they can handle the pressure and that they are mature enough to play. Some clubs had to look to their youngsters due to money problems and the education has been improved a lot. I think it’s great to have guys like Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Marko Marin and Sami Khedira.

[q: You have Turkish roots, but you were born in Gelsenkirchen. Were you tempted to play for Turkey?] I am third generation in Germany: my father grew up here. Turkey will always be a special country for me but I did not doubt my decision to play for Germany - ever. I started to play for Germany in the youth teams

[q: You left Schalke when you were very young. Did that help you grow up?] It was really hard for me to leave my hometownToday people compare you with Juve’s Diego and even Maradona. Did you expect that things would go that fast?]</b> Well, I knew what I could do on the pitch from the junior games. What I was missing was the goals. That works much better today. That people speak about me and the big names is an honour, but I think I have a fair bit to go. One day I want to be among the best but today I am just 21.

[q: Which players did you want to be when you were growing up?] My Idol was Zinedine Zidane. He was the most perfect player. His technique, shooting and headers, his ability to read games and boss them was fantastic

2010 10 01 Interview

[q: Have you always been a creator?] Yes, I’ve been a playmaker since my youth. I love to play the deciding pass and enjoy setting up goals - and scoring them myself. When I was a kid, my big idol was Zidane. I don’t have role models now, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are consistently playing on a high level. They haven’t become World Footballers of the Year for nothing

[q: Players of your kind, like Sneijder and Iniesta, are enjoying a resurgence] Football is more physical than it used to be, but creativity hasn’t been lost. Football is a very physical and fast game, but smaller players can assert themselves. Look at Messi

[q: Is it tough being considered the ‘main man’ in a team at just 21?] I managed to cope very well. I enjoyed the trust of the managerial staff and the team. I don’t feel any pressure on the pitch. I simply love and enjoy playing football. The World Cup was an incredible experience - it’s the greatest thing for a footballer. The time in South Africa was unforgettable. We have a very young team with a great future and will be given another chance

[q: Any tips for budding young playmakers?] Talent alone is not enough. I can give the kids out there the following piece of advice: you have to work hard every single day and try to improve daily. I have to improve in every aspect. My biggest aim for the new season is to score more goals

[q: What are your goals for the future?] For every player it is something special to compete for the Champions League or win the World Cup. My personal goal is to become one of the best players in the world

2010 11 13 Retrieve

[Turkish-born Real Madrid footballer Oezil was hailed as a prime example of successful integration into German society and won the prize in the Integration category of Bambi Awards] This is a great honour for me and I’m very happy. Integration creates something new and makes for a more colourful Germany

2011 04 03 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil compares himself with Zidane] I’m not Zidane yet. Zidane was world-class. I haven’t done anything yet. I’m here to develop, I still have so much to prove

[Mesut Ozil on his technique] My technique and feel for the ball is the Turkish side of my game; the discipline and attitude all come from Germany.

[And when it came to the contested decision over international football, Ozil responded] I was made as a footballer here

2011 08 27 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil talks about Fasting] Because of my job I cannot follow Ramadan properly. I do it only the few days I can, only when I have a free day. But other than that it’s impossible, because you have to drink and eat a lot to stay at peak fitness

2013 04 09 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil talks about Germany] I was born and raised in this country. I was successful with their Under-21s and I feel good here. I chose Germany for that reason. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t be successful with them

[Mesut Ozil talks about Turkey] My family and I will always be Turkish but I was born and I live in Germany. I feel more comfortable in a Germany shirt

[When the two countries were pitted against one another in qualifying for Euro 2012, he openly admitted that it was something of a nightmare scenario for him] I didn’t want a match in Euro 2012 qualification with Turkey. My will is for both teams to feature in the finals

[Children idolise him due to his heritage and people are proud to have one of their own as a regular at a club the size of Madrid. He said in 2011] I think that the Turks are proud of me. I have experienced the respect that they have shown for me, and many people accept and respect my decision to play for Germany

2013 09 02 Retrieve

[Arsenal smash club record to sign Mesut Ozil. On completing his medical] I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger. From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future

2013 09 03 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil said today he believes he can take his game to a whole new level at Arsenal to repay the faith of Arsene Wenger] At the weekend, I was certain I would stay at Real Madrid but afterwards I realised I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses. I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal, which is why I have joined

I am really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me - that is what I need as a player.

Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further. I know what I can do and I know I could make the grade with any club because I’m so convinced in myself, but if I don’t feel people have faith in me, then that is why I had to leave and at ­Arsenal, I feel I have this fully

2013 09 04 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil talks about his situation in Real Madrid before transfering to Arsenal FC] At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid. But afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the Carlo Ancelotti or the bosses. I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal

2013 12 14 Retrieve

[Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has issued an apology to the Arsenal fans after he decided not to join the team in applauding the travelling support following their 6-3 loss to Manchester City] Sorry I didn’t thank the fans at the end of the game! You have been brilliant to me and I know you had travelled a long way and spent your money to support us. I was upset with the result and know I should have come to you to say ‘thank you’ and I know it is a big Arsenal tradition win, lose or draw.

2014 03 09
Mesut Özil celebrates with fellow goalscorer on the day Olivier Giroud as Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles looks on. Arsenal will now play Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals on Apr 13

2014 07 14 Retrieve

[Özil took to social media to share his euphoria during Germany’s World Cup celebrations] don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. believe in your dreams - here, today and all over the world

2014 07 17 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil uses his World Cup winnings to pay for 23 sick children to have surgery] Prior to the World Cup, I supported the surgery of 11 sick children. Since the victory in the World Cup is not only due to 11 players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil

2014 10 08 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder out with knee injury for up to 12 weeks] The MRI examination revealed a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint. The treatment is six weeks of immobilisation of the knee joint. Mesut Ozil is likely to be [out for] 10 to 12 weeks

2014 10 08b Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder out with knee injury for up to 12 weeks] It is too early to say how long Ozil may be out of action

2015 03 28 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil on 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. I’m a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League. There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga - I constantly have bruises but that makes me harder

2015 11 13 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil on his fine start to the campaign] After training there are a few shooting drills that can help with self-belief. In general, when you look at my chances in front of goal, I’ve taken them well

Every player wants to score goals. I’m intending to score more this season than in previous years. It’s most important for us to perform well and to be successful - I’m looking forward to giving assists or scoring goals. My aim is to score more goals this season than in the last two. I think I’m on a good path and will achieve that

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] I know how special he is as a manager. He is a manager who always supports his team and always protects his team. He’s getting the best out of any player

2016 06 25 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil helps fund the surgeries of 22 children in need] During the EURO I will pay for 11 surgeries of needy children. That’s my 11. That’s my favourite team!

2016 10 01 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil says team-mate Alex Iwobi plays like a mixture of Jay-Jay Okocha and Edgar Davids] He reminds me of his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha. He was a player I loved watching. Alex reminds me of a mixture of him and Edgar Davids. He’s really strong on the ball, also defensively, but he’s good in front of goal too. He’s developing really well and if he continues the way he’s been playing for the whole season, he will enhance his game. The manager knows exactly how good he is and I wish him all the best

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil explains the three-finger hand gesture after scoring] That’s for my niece. She’s called Mira and when I score now, the goals are for her. She’s too young to notice but she has come to London a few times and has watched some games in which I’ve scored and then made that hand gesture. I just enjoy spending time with her because she’s so cute. She’s at the age where she’s a lot of fun to be around. We’re just delighted as a family to have her. She actually has an Arsenal shirt and a Germany one too and both have her name on the back

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil speaks about his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo] I really enjoyed playing with him because he made me better on the pitch. He’s a good guy and a good friend of mine. Of course I gave my assists, a lot to him, and he knows, but I really enjoyed playing with him because it was easy. He doesn’t need a lot of chances, even if I give him two assists, he scored two. He’s a very amazing player, one of the greatest footballers in history. I never saw a guy like him, he works really hard. He’s the first guy to get in in the dressing room and the last guy maybe to go to his house. He’s very professional, always he wants to fight, even in the training games. If you see a player like this over there, of course you are looking what he does

2017 03 02 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil reveals that Jose Mourinho accuse Him coward] ‘You think two beautiful passes are enough. You think you’re so good that fifty percent is enough’. He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round. He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually

[Özil claims to have then thrown his shirt at Mourinho, who responded] Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward. What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do

2017 04 01 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil tells about his admiration for the support he receives from the club’s fans] You know what made me proud? That day, the Arsenal fans sang the Ozil song. I’ve never experienced anything like it at any other club. It gives me goose bumps every time the fans sing that song

2017 09 13 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil comments on criticisms of his lazy body language] Some people like me, some people don’t. Some people look at my body language and think I don’t care. But that’s me. I won’t change my body language or my style of play drastically anymore

2017 09 30 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil tells about his football role model] I admire many footballers, especially creative midfielders as that’s my style of play as well. My real idol has always been Zinedine Zidane. I always watched his games and wanted to play like he did

2018 06 28
Mesut Ozil arrives at Frankfurt international airport after flying back from Moscow following the German national football team’s defeat in the Russia 2018 football World Cup

2018 07 22 Retrieve

[Özil speaks, defends meeting with Turkish president and calls out DFB for double-standards] My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies. In fact, we spoke about the same topic we do every time we have met - football - as he too was a player in his youth

[Özil also said that Erdoğan as an individual was not the motive, but] respecting the highest office of my family’s country

A lot of people talk about my performances- many applaud and many criticise. If a newspaper or pundit finds fault in a game I play in, then I accept this- I’m not a perfect footballer and this often motivates me to work and train harder. But what I can’t accept are Germany media outlets reportedly blaming my dual-heritage and a simple picture for a bad World Cup on behalf of an entire squad

[Off the pitch, Özil blames the German media for their poor choice of reporting, saying that his partnership with companies like BigShoe go unnoticed] They rise above the nonsense created by the German press and media, we carry out our projects in a professional manner thar I really enjoy being a part of. During the World Cup, I worked with BigShoe and helped get 23 young children life-changing surgeries in Russia, which I have also done in Brazil and Africa

[Matthäus, a former Germany captain and two-time Bayern Munich midfielder, met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin recently, but German media did not cover the encounter to the extent they did with Özil. This displeased Mesut] What I also find disappointing are the double standards that the media has. Lothar Matthäus (an honorary German national team captain met with another world leader a few days back, and received almost no media criticism. Despite his role with the DFB, they have not asked him to publicly explain his actions and he continues to represent the players of Germany without any reprimand

2018 07 23 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil blames unfair discrimination over his meeting with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] For me, having a picture with President Erdoğan wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country

My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies. The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten

[Making direct reference to Reinhard Grindel, president of the DFB, Özil added] People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has players from dual‑heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent. In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose

It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten

I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly. I am disappointed but not surprised by Grindel’s actions. But when high-ranking DFB officials disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough

[Özil claims he was racially abused by a supporter after the match against Sweden] A German fan told me after the game, ‘Özil, fuck off you Turkish shit, piss off you Turkish pig’. I don’t want to even discuss the hate mail, threatening phone calls and comments on social media that my family and I have received. They all represent a Germany of the past, a Germany that I am not proud of. I am confident that many proud Germans who embrace an open society would agree with me

2018 07 24 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil proudly shows off his No. 10 shorts to Arsenal team-mate Alexandre Lacazette] It has never been a secret how special this number is to me,’ Ozil said earlier this month. My childhood idol Zinedine Zidane wore this number and it is still the most characteristic one for the playmaker position. sI’m looking forward to putting it on for the first time at Arsenal after the summer break

2018 07 26 Retrieve

[German FA boss Grindel admits mistakes over Ozil-Erdogan photo scandal. he should have made it unequivocally clear that] In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose

2018 07 27 Tweet

[Ozil came in for criticism over a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey. I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish.

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[The ‘Ozil chop’ explained - Arsenal star reveals the science behind his trademark finish] As a player you always want to try and discover new things. So if I think of something new I want to try it on the pitch and see how it works. It’s always been the case that I’ve scored goals like that in training, but in games I just shot normally. But I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s easier for me to score this way because the goalkeeper has already come out at you and if you try a chip, maybe a recovering defender can reach the ball before it crosses the line. So with this technique you kind of eliminate that because you hit the ball harder, it then travels faster and it’s harder to stop

[So was the ‘chop finish’ something he first thought of back then on the streets as a teenager?] If I’d tried that shot on the concrete I would have ended up breaking my knee. It would have been a lot harder then, but now you play on these amazing pitches it’s a lot easier. I think the people like seeing it, my team-mates do in training as well. If I score a goal in training that way they all celebrate so I think it’s just a nice shot that people like

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Arsenal confirm Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac out of squad as police investigate security incidents] Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle United following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police. The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives. We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support. We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible

2019 08 09b Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are safe and unharmed but they have been targeted more than once, in separate incidents over the past couple of days. The Met Police also released a statement] The MPS are in contact with Arsenal FC and will investigate any offences reported appropriately

2019 08 09c Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac out of Arsenal’s Newcastle trip over security fears] The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority. We have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives. We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[They then started the week training as usual at London Colney and were expected to be included in the travelling squad for Sunday’s Newcastle game, until Arsenal revealed neither would not take part] Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle United following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police. The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives. We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support. We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible

2019 08 11 Retrieve

[Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has admitted that he is not sure if Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will feature in next week’s Premier League clash with Burnley. A statement from the Metropolitan Police] Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August. Ferhat Ercan, 27, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, of Tottenham, were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[The Arsenal star has argued that his friendship with Erdogan is not about politics or elections. Rather, he claims that it is based on respect for the office held by the politician. Ozil said in July 2018] My job is a footballer and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies. Whether it had been the Turkish or the German President, my actions would’ve been no different

2019 08 18b Retrieve

[Germany won 3-0 and, interestingly, Mesut Ozil, who scored his team’s second goal, was booed during the game by sections of the Turkish support] Of course I was really happy. It was fantastic for me to score in this match. But I made the spontaneous decision not to overdo the celebrations

2019 08 21 Retrieve

[Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has told the club’s young players that the most important thing in the game is to believe in yourself and have fun] I just want to say that the most important thing is to believe in yourself. Of course you have some days when it doesn’t go so well but you have to believe in yourself, keep working and the most important thing is to have fun. If you don’t have fun, if you are losing and you make mistakes you will be disappointed. But don’t listen to anyone, you know how good you are, believe in yourself and have fun

[Ozil recounted his first experience of a top-team dressing room and admitted that he was intimidated ahead of his debut] I was just looking and thinking: ‘Oh my God, now I am here! Now I have to show my quality’. I remember Hamit Altintop, Mladen Krstajic, Marcelo Bordon, Lincoln, Kevin Kuryani, Gerald Asamoah - those people helped me a lot, and it was easier for me to show my potential on the pitch because they all helped me a lot. They stood behind me, so I was able to just enjoy playing football

2018 09 22 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil speaks about what it was like to play with Cristiano Ronaldo] I really enjoyed playing with him because he made me better on the pitch and he’s a great guy off it, too. I gave him loads of assists and he doesn’t need me to remind him of that! It was easy to play with him because you didn’t need to create a lot of chances. Even if I just gave him two passes, he would score two goals and that’s why he’s one of the greatest footballers who’s ever lived

2018 10 29 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil named Arsenal’s player of the season by fans] Few will forget his performance in the 3-0 defeat of Manchester United in early October, nor his outstanding contribution during a golden period that took in victories against Bayern Munich, Everton and Swansea City as the Gunners moved to the top of the table

2019 06 08
Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in the wedding party as Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil tied the knot on Friday. Erdogan and his wife, Emine, were legal witnesses for Ozil, who married model, actress and former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse in Istanbul. Secular Turkish weddings require a witness each for the bride and groom

2019 07 01 Arsenal have unveiled their new kit for the 2019-20 campaign with an advert led by Mesut Ozil, which sees the squad embrace London’s vibrant culture. he Gunners have aligned with Adidas for the first time in 25 years and the team’s new strip represents a re-imagining of the club’s popular 1990s look. The iconic three stripe design has been stretched to run along the shoulders and across the collar, with the conventional logo placed on the right side of the chest

2019 07 10 Retrieve

[Fenerbahce have distanced themselves from reports linking them with Arsenal star Mesut Ozil] Mesut Ozil, with his career and standing, successfully represents our country abroad (Ozil is of Turkish ancestry). He is an important value known with the identity of Fenerbahce. However, Fenerbahce does not have a proposal for Mesut Ozil. Under the current economic conditions, such a step is not possible for both parties. Our president, Ali Koc, made statements on the subject in the WinWin program held on June 20 and emphasised that this could not be realised in the short term

: 2019 07 16 Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are among the Arsenal players chosen to model their new away kit for the 2019-20 campaign. The new kit, designed by Adidas, is based on the Gunners’s iconic ‘bruised banana’ kit worn during the early 1990s

2019 07 17 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil looks like Megan Rapinoe, his Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joked, after the former Germany international revealed his new bleach blonde hairstyle. Asked what he was thinking regarding his new look] I lost a bet. We lost a bet against Laca. Me, Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi all lost together

2019 07 19 Retrieve

[Ozil ‘happy and healthy’ ahead of new Arsenal season after ‘amazing’ summer wedding] Outside the pitch, you have to be happy. If you find the right person, which is what I did, you’re more calm in your life. I think it helps a lot in your job as well. I am really happy, I am healthy and I got married, so I am calm. It’s always difficult to plan everything during the season. When you live in London but the wedding is in Istanbul, it’s difficult and needs time

The first two weeks of my vacation, it was really hard to organise everything to make everything fixed with my wife. But it was an amazing wedding, we had a lot of fun with my friends and family and her friends and family. We had a good time

[Currently contracted to Arsenal until the end of June 2021, the number 10 says he would like to add more silverware to his collection over the coming months after suffering Europa League final defeat at the hands of London rivals Chelsea in May] You want always to win a title so we are working hard and let’s see what happens

2019 07 19b Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil has insisted that his relationship with manager Unai Emery is strong] I have a really good relationship with the coach so we are speaking a lot and he wants to help me and I want to help the team

[Ozil admitted that last season was not his best as a professional, as he battled injuries and adjusted to a new manager] I have had a lot of coaches in my career so of course every coach is different and wants something different from you as a player. I had a few injuries before the season started last year so of course I had a tough time. But at the end of the day, especially the end of the season, I played a lot of games

What we spoke about, between me and the coach, I can’t tell you because if I say something now to you, in the future he does not want to speak to me again, so I have to take care of that. We are speaking a lot and he wants to help me and I know what I can do on the pitch. I want to help the team and I think it will be going well this season, for me and the team

[Ahead of the new season, Ozil got married and recuperated from all of his injury issues] I am really happy. I am fit

: 2019 07 25 Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are both safe after being attacked by would-be carjackers in London

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Have there been any arrests in Kolasinac and Ozil carjacking attempt? The statement from the Metropolitan police said] Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 5pm on Thursday, July 25 to reports of an attempted robbery. It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car. The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue

2019 07 26 Tweet

[Mesut Ozil lets fans know he and Arsenal team-mate Sead Kolasinac are all ok after footage of their car being attacked was circulated online] @seadk6, my wife Amine and me are doing well again after yesterday’s incident in London. Thanks for all your supporting messages guys

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was impressed by the fighting skills of Sead Kolasinac after watching the video of the carjacking ordeal suffered by the Arsenal defender and his team-mate Mesut Ozil] He’s got a nice bounce to him, he’s in and out. Wait until you see him throw a hook. We don’t know what his technique is like, but his footwork… he’s pretty mobile. We’re going to have to work on him and make sure he doesn’t load up before because he’s very predictable and that makes him very vulnerable. He’s got quick feet, we can work with that

It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car. The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Ozil fires back at claims he doesn’t perform in big games: Some opponents are better than Arsenal!] It always happens that an ex-player stands there on TV and criticises me. Others just continue the theme and it gets in everyone’s heads. If we don’t do well in a ‘big’ game, it’s always my fault. If that’s true, how do you explain our results in the ‘big’ games when I wasn’t involved? There’s no real difference. I know people expect me to offer more, dictate play and make the difference - I do, too - but it’s not that straightforward.

I’m not the only player in the team and, don’t forget, some of our opponents are simply better than us. Also, what is a ‘big’ or ‘small’ game? In the Premier League, anyone can beat anyone. Look at Wolves and Norwich beating Man City, or Newcastle and West Ham beating Man United. So you can’t say my good performances only came in ‘small’ games because these games don’t really exist. The intensity is there in every match and often the ‘small’ teams raise their standard against the ‘big’ teams

I also get really frustrated when I miss a game through illness and people question if it is genuine. Yes, it happened a few times - usually in the winter - but what am I supposed to do? If you knew me, you would know it takes a lot for me to miss a game and I have never used sickness as an excuse. Actually the opposite. I played many games when I was ill or had injuries.

Before the Champions League game against Bayern Munich [in March 2017], I was sick and Arsene [Wenger] told me I was not in the squad because of that. The next morning, the guys from Arsenal called me and said, ‘Listen, you have to come to the stadium, you have to be in the squad’. Despite my illness, I joined the squad and played the last 20 minutes. Most players don’t play when injured or sick - it influences your game, you can’t give everything - but I was always available unless it was impossible

2019 10 17b Retrieve

[Ozil vows to stay at Arsenal until 2021] No. I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then. When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career. I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same. You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.

I said that Arsene Wenger was a big factor in me joining Arsenal - and he was - but ultimately I signed for the club. Even when Arsene announced he was leaving, I wanted to stay because I love playing for Arsenal and that’s why I’ve been here for six years. When I moved from Real Madrid, it was a really tough time for Arsenal. But I always believed in what we could do and together we delivered. More recently things have been difficult and a lot has changed. But I’m proud to be an Arsenal player, a fan and I’m happy here. Whenever people see me in the street I always say, ‘This is my home’. I’m going nowhere

2019 10 17c Retrieve

[Ozil feeling helpless at Arsenal but is sure Emery will pick him again] It’s disappointing, of course. But as a professional footballer, I have to respect the decision of the coach. Not being involved, watching from home, makes me feel helpless. I want to be part of the side, I want to support my team-mates to succeed. I’m not training all the time just for the sake of it, I’m ready to play. This should not be about me or the coach, only the club. I have to give everything, be fit and focused, and I’m training hard to be ready

[When asked if he fears Emery might not pick him for Arsenal again] I don’t think that will happen. I will play. I believe in myself to do what he asks of me and I want to help the club to reach our goals. I’ve worked under some of the biggest coaches in the world - Arsene [Wenger], Jose Mourinho, Joachim Low - and always I show respect. It’s the same for Unai. We might not see eye-to-eye on everything but that’s normal, it’s life and it’s the same with my family and friends. You have to accept it and go forward

[Ozil was the victim of a moped attack prior to the start of the 2019-20 campaign, along with team-mate Sead Kolasinac, which had an effect on his pre-season preparations] Pre-season went very well and although things were disrupted by the [carjacking] attack, since then I’ve been fully available and when the coach has selected me I’ve been ready, played and always tried to give my best. I’ve trained at the same level my whole career but because I’ve not had minutes recently, I’m doing extra work with the fitness coach and in the gym to get even fitter than normal. I know what is needed and believe in myself

2019 10 17d Retrieve

[Ozil: People want me to change but I never will] It’s my personality. People want to change me but, since the day I started playing football, I was always like this. If a game is not going well or I play a bad ball, of course I get frustrated because I know it can be better. It’s the same when I come off the pitch looking angry. I’m a perfectionist and sometimes I want too much perfection. It doesn’t take me long to get over - I’m not going around the pitch or sat on the bench pissed off for the next five minutes or anything. It’s just in that moment and then we continue

I realise afterwards it’s not good to show this, but it’s instinctive, so I don’t plan it and it’s not easy to change. This is me. I’m the same person at Arsenal as I was at Schalke, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid and the German national team. People may want me to change but I’ve been successful everywhere and I never will

[While Ozil insists he is committed to the Arsenal cause, some have even claimed putting pen to paper on a lucrative deal saw the former Germany international take his foot off the gas, comfortable in the knowledge that he was paid up until 2021] If that was true, why did I work so hard and positively during pre-season this year? And why, after the World Cup last year, did I return from holiday early for the first time in my career to start training three days before I was expected back? I did it for the new coach, the team and the club. Maybe people don’t like that I have a good contract? I don’t know or care

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Ozil urges Arsenal to ‘stand together as one’ ahead of Liverpool game] Big game ahead. No matter what - the only way is standing together as one

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[Ozil glad to be back in Premier League action for Arsenal but disappointed with Wolves draw] Good to be back in Premier League action but not happy about the result at home. Many things to work on. We have to keep moving forward with our heads held high

2019 12 09 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil identified belief as the key to a turnaround that ended a seven-game Premier League winless run for Arsenal after they beat West Ham 3-1] Especially in the second half, we showed what we can do on the pitch if we believe in ourselves. We deserved to win and we are now happy, especially for our supporters

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Arsenal distance themselves from Ozil’s comment on Uighur Muslims] East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion. They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men. But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[Arsenal insisted that it would not take sides in any conflict between Ozil and China] Regarding the comments made by Mesut Ozil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement. The content published is Ozil’s personal opinion. As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil vs China: A very modern football rivalry] Qur’an are burned, mosques are closed, madrasas are banned, and religious scholars are killed one by one. The brothers are forced into camps. Chinese men are settled in their families instead of them. The sisters are forced to marry Chinese men

2020 01 10 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil admits to being a bit surprised to see Mikel Arteta back at Arsenal] It is basically getting us back to the old Arsenal virtues. Having the possession, being in control of the game, having the ball all the time. These are the things that he is working on with us and you can see it - everyone is smiling, laughing, enjoying their time at the moment and this has made us be successful now. We are really enjoying everything at the moment. You can see we have a structure on the pitch now. Everyone knows what their job is on the pitch and we are very happy to have won these two games [against Manchester United and Leeds]

ery manager is different and obviously I have had some world-class managers throughout my career. Mikel Arteta is different to the others but he is very focused on the ball and wants to make us very successful and I think he is the right man at this club. I was a bit surprised [Arteta was appointed at Arsenal] but on the other hand, time flies quite quickly and I remember when he went to work [as a coach] with Pep Guardiola at Man City, it was quite obvious he would become a manager soon. I am really happy that he is here with us at the moment because this is the right time. We are all happy to have him here.

We have a normal relationship. We were team-mates. We respected each other a lot and he was already a team captain at the time so in general, players respected him and now he has just continued building up on that. As a playmaker, I need a lot of space. His playing style allows me to get that space and it is so important to be successful

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[Ozil planning to see out Arsenal contract as he vows to remain with Gunners until 2021] I’m very pleased with my contract and I will continue here this season and next. I can’t tell you what the future will bring, I’m excited about the future, but I don’t know what’s going to happen

[Ozil believes Arteta will prove to be a shrewd appointment] It is basically getting us back to the old Arsenal virtues. Fighting and having possession, being in control of the game, having the ball all the time. These are the things that he is working on with us and you can see it - everyone is smiling, laughing, enjoying their time. It has made us successful. I think he is the right man at this club

2020 02 10 Retrieve

[Ozil hails Arteta impact] As a team, we are much happier and everyone wants to give everything for this club. Especially tactically we have improved a lot and I hope in the future we will be more successful

2020 02 10b Retrieve

[Ozil ‘can’t see the future’ but expects to honour Arsenal contract through to 2021] After this season I have one more year, so after that I will know because I can’t see the future. The thing I can do is give everything for the team, for myself, to be successful and let’s see what happens. What I know is that I will give everything for this club, for my team-mates. We’ve had a difficult season, but we want to win games again, to take points, to maybe be in the top four at the end of the season. Our goal is to be in the Champions League. This year we had difficult times, but I think we’re in a good way

[Ozil said of the return to familiar surroundings for former Gunners skipper Arteta] We didn’t speak to each other, but I know him. We played together under [Arsene] Wenger. He’s just arrived here, but everyone knows what he wants. Our goal - or my goal - is to give everything on the pitch to help the team, and I think the coach sees that, because I’m playing. My personal goal was always to stay healthy and help the team. This is my goal this season, as well. Of course, I had a difficult time under Unai, so I didn’t play. Right now, I’m happy, I’m playing. And let’s see

2020 03 14 Retrieve

[Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has called upon football supporters to focus on the well-being of themselves] Football does not matter right now. The health and well-being of everyone is far more important than everything else. Guys, take all the precautions you can - be mindful and considerate of everyone, especially those who are at high risk. As we go through this global issue, we should not forget to say thank you to all doctors, nurses and scientists etc worldwide, who are helping to keep this virus from spreading. They are under high pressure in the upcoming weeks and deserve our respect and gratitude