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Mesut Ozil’s shocking history of illnesses in the last 20-months

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Arsenal’s first win of the season was somewhat overshadowed by the fact that their German playmaker Mesut Ozil did not play a part in the game due to a strange illness, many fans refused to believe the narrative especially as rumours of a training ground row with Unai Emery surfaced. After the match, Emery had to clarify the position conceding that the 29-year-old player was truly sick just before the game.

While fans are calling for the head of the player, it can be said that the player may be having issues with his immune system going by the number of games in the last 20-months he has missed for the Gunners as a result of illness.

The chronicles of his illness in that time are summed up below;

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud’s spectacular scorpion goal in the 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on January 1, 2017 did not feature Ozil as he was said to be recovering from flu.
The player also missed the subsequent games against Bournemouth and Preston North End.

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29-year-old Ozil complained of an illness and left the training ground ahead of Arsenal’s crunch tie with Liverpool. He subsequently didn’t make the trip to Anfield on the 4th of March 2017 where they lost 3-1.

Hours to the game against Burnley in November 2017, Ozil once again fell sick in the team hotel and had to travel home. Arsenal won the game by a lone goal but Wenger didn’t seem to know the nature of his illness. He said: ‘The doctor came to see me and said he had to travel back home, he was in the hotel with us,’

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‘He travelled up with us, then travelled back.’

Same reason was cited for Ozil’s absence during Arsenal’s second leg against Ostersund in the Europa League round of 16 in February 2018. Although, he came back in the Carabao Cup final three days later.

Finally, against same West ham, this time in April 2018. The midfielder missed Arsenal’s 4-1 drubbing of the Hammers in what was described as another bout of flu.

From the foregoing, it does truly appear the German international might have been sick before their game against West ham. It may also bode well for Arsenal to figure out a way to keep their star player’s immune system optimal to prevent him missing out on important games.

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Man City steal lead from Arsenal in race for £50m rated star

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Arsenal were reported to be leading in the race for Tanguy Ndombele in this summer before they were overtaken by Manchester City who seems to have gone ahead of the Gunners team.

Reports coming from France reveal that a bid of £50 million was made by Man City for Tanguy Ndombele but it was turned down by Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.

However, the 21-year-old star was brought to the notice of the Etihad team last week when Man City played Lyon at the Etihad Stadium where the visitors took the day with a 2-1 lead.

City saw Tanguy Ndombele as being a very important part of the Lyon team and they wish to have him switch to England any time soon so as to add his quality to the team.

Meanwhile, suggestions are that Tanguy Ndombele will not be allowed to leave the Ligue 1 giants having kept hold of Nabil Fekir in the summer despite strong interest from Liverpool.

For Arsenal, they will have to push harder if they must have Tanguy Ndombele at the Emirates Stadium but notwithstanding, the player has a decision to make in this case and he could decide to make a move to the Gunners where he will be sure of a starting role.

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Confirmed! Arsenal latest signing, already happy to play

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Arsenal have just confirmed the signing of Denmark international Jannie Arnth and the player is already happy to be getting started at the club.

Jannie Arnth joined the Arsenal women senior team on a free transfer some days ago and life has already begun for her at the North London club.

She confessed that she is already connected to the Arsenal project as she has been following the club even before she penned a deal, adding that all of the projects she anticipated are real and progressing already.

She expressed delight in the opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe as she looks forward to knowing something different in terms of the environment, challenge and culture which is different from what she had known in Denmark.

Jannie Arnth praised the manager and his positive mentality which she hopes to benefit from when she eventually team up with the ladies and the entire team at training.

However, the male Gunners team are still expecting their first winter signings with the window expected to open in January but there are hints already that the club might not be busy at the market.

The management had hinted that they do not believe in the January window unless there is an emergency.

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Arsenal now chasing Porto defender as Monreal replacement

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Alex Telles

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has identifies Porto defender Alex Telles as an ideal replacement for Nacho Monreal and he is bent on making a move in the coming winter transfer window if the report from Portugal is anything to go by.

It is reported that Spanish left full-back could be on his way away out from the club and his departure might spell doom for the North London side which makes his mandatory for a replacement to be signed soon.

Alex Telles has had a good season with his impressive display. He has got similarities with Monreal at the left back and the fact that he is younger makes it a good deal for the Spanish manager.

Although, Sead Kolasinac remains an Arsenal player but with the injuries he has had, it has been established that he cannot be relied upon as there is a need for a back-up for him.

Alex Telles joined Porto from Galatasaray in 2016. He is one of the few defenders who can boast of goals in a season, not forgetting that he scored 4 goals in 37 appearances last season for his side.

However, the Brazilian has got a release clause within the region of £30 million but the North London side will have to be very convincing to be able to have him move in the January window.

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Why Mesut Ozil is still an Arsenal player

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It has been revealed that Arsenal star Mesut Ozil would have been playing elsewhere but he decided to remain at the Emirates Stadium by signing a new deal earlier this year.

It would be recalled that the German midfielder and Alexis Sanchez were both into contract disagreement with the club until the Chile international found his way out to Manchester United.

Just at the departure of the former Barcelona star to the Old Trafford, Ozil immediately put pen to paper and extended his stay at the Emirates Stadium which remains a surprise to many.

Ozil’s representative has now revealed that his client had good offers from Asia and other big clubs but decided to remain at the club, noting that money was not a factor for his player’s decision on where to be.

The representative stated that why Ozil remained at the club was because of the commercial impact he has got which could be distorted if he leaves the Emirates Stadium.

According to him, the former Real Madrid star is the biggest social media following player in the Premier League as well as his shirt number sales which was the largest the club as ever had.

He noted that all of these information’s are important for the player’s commercial value in terms of situations of advertisements and modelling.

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Arsenal scout confirmed to have watched Dundee prospect

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It has been revealed that Arsenal scout was on the ground to watch Dundee whizkid Kerr Waddell during the summer and it might be time for a move to be made for him.

The North London club have joined a number of clubs who are monitoring the progress of the 20-year-old in a bid to pick him up.

Kerr Waddell is currently on loan at Championship outfit Morton and he is believed to have extended his loan spell until the end of the season which gives the Gunners more opportunity to watch the young talent.

The young lad has been involved in a series of loan moves to various clubs but he is now stable at Morton to allow his suitors with the opportunity of watching him.

Kerr Waddell’s performance gave him easy first-team breakthrough at Dens early last season where he got the all-important goal that ensured his side’s win over Hearts.

However, Dundee coach has stated that Kerr Waddell is being monitored and would be asked to return back to the club once he is ready for first-team football.

Arsenal are reported to be convinced of the player’s progress and are already preparing a deal for him in the coming winter window.

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