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Ozil refuses Arsenal’s 12.5% pay cut alongside two other players

Mesut Ozil has refused to join his Arsenal teammates to accept the 12.5% pay cut. The midfielder who is the club's highest earner with £350,000-a-week has stated that he may be willing to accept it in the future, although he wanted to see the full financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic before rushing into any decision. The German is one of three players in the first team to refuse the pay cut. He added that he respects the decision of his other teammates and urged them to respect his. His agent, Dr. Erkut Sogut declined to comment on the issue but recently said that players should not accept pay cuts. “What the exact financial impact is on the clubs, we can see three to six months later - but we can’t see it today.” Arsenal is the first club to agree on cuts with players aft...
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We know how to play under Arteta – Ozil aims dig at Emery

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has aimed another swipe at former club manager Unai Emery suggesting that players never understood how the Spaniard wanted them to play in his time as manager of the club. The German fell out of favor under Emery but has been highly involved since the appointment of Mikel Arteta, and believes that there is still hope of a top-five finish for the club under the new boss. He also believes that there is a clear message from Arteta on his playing philosophy at the club. In a chat with The National, whilst speaking on tactics, Ozil said: “Everyone knows. Even the players – let’s say that after 60 or 70 minutes, if that player’s changing, everyone knows now in which position they have to play or how [the manager] wants to attack or make a lot of pressure on th...
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Unai Emery insists he has club’s backing to drop Ozil

Unai Emery has insisted that he has the support of the Arsenal hierarchy in his continued displacement of Mesut Ozil from the team. Mesut Ozil has not been named in the last 5 matchday squads and the Arsenal boss' response on the reasons for the German's exclusion has left more to be desired, considering he's the club's highest-paid player in history. Meanwhile, Ozil has been posting some cryptic messages on social media and recently admitted that he wants to remain at the club and will fight hard to regain his place in the team. The Arsenal side has been lacking creativity in recent games and this has resulted in the player garnering support from fans who believe he has more to offer the team. More so, due to the fact that Emery has played five different players in Ozil's positio...
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Two charged over attempted robbery of Ozil and Kolasinac in London

Tow men are facing charges following the attempted robbery involving Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac in North London in July. According to a statement from the Metropolitan Police, 30-year-old Ashley Smith and 26-year-old Jordan Northover have been charged with attempted robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in public after the incident which occurred in Platts Lane on July 25. READ: Will Brexit Reduce the Number of Foreign Players in the Premier League? Smith was also charged with the possession of Cannabis. It can be recalled that security footage emerged some months back showing Kolasinac fighting off one of the attackers in an act of heroism after they targetted Ozil's car, as one appeared to be wielding a knife. A report from ESPN FC stated ...
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Ozil set to miss lIverpool game, more injury worries for Emery

Arsenal could be without Mesut Ozil when they face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening in the Premier League. The German was handed starts in the Gunners' last two games but was withdrawn at half-time in the game against Brighton. Ozil trained on Friday with his teammates but was not pictured with the squad on arrival at Merseyside for the crunch encounter. Reports suggest that the German complained of a pain in his knee after the training session, and Unai Emery is not willing to risk his star man in the game. READ: Kepa Arrizabalaga unfazed by world record transfer fee It can be recalled that Ozil was absent from action for about six weeks before returning for the games against Burnley and Brighton. Meanwhile, Unai Emery still has more injury concerns ahead of the ...
Ozil insists he has his own style after comparisons to Bergkamp
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Ozil insists he has his own style after comparisons to Bergkamp

Mesut Ozil says he's flattered by recent comparisons to Dennis Bergkamp although he insists he has his style. The former Germany international made his 200th appearance for the Gunners in 2:1 win away to Newcastle on Saturday. It can be recalled that Ozil became the highest paid player in Arsenal history after signing a three-and-a-half year contract in January In a chat with Club's official website, the German insisted that he wants to be remembered for his own style. He said: "The fans have backed me ever since I arrived five years ago and because of that, I've been able to play in my preferred style" READ: Headlines from Europe’s elite leagues weekend fixtures "I always want to control the game, give assists and help my team. It was like that with me from the start. In...