49 Facts About Mesut Ozil

1. Mesut Ozil finally got his hands on Arsenal's number 10 shirt this summer.

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2. Mesut Ozil arrived in the capital back in 2013 for a then-club record £42.5million transfer fee, leaving behind Real Madrid for the Premier League.

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3. Mesut Ozil has paid tribute to Arsenal's fans for making his life in London special with their "crazy" support.

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4. Mesut Ozil makes shocking huge statement about his Future with Arsenal.

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5. Mesut Ozil wants to spend rest of his career at Arsenal after upturn in form under Unai Emery.

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6. Mesut Ozil rejected mammoth £1m a week contract offer to remain in Premier League reveals agent.

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7. Mesut Ozil rejected staggering £1m-a-week offers to stay at Arsenal.

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8. Mesut Ozil turned down 'crazy offers' from Asia to stay at Arsenal, says his agent.

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9. Mesut Ozil turned down offers of £1million-a-week to stay at Arsenal.

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10. Arsene Wenger hopes Mesut Ozil can be convinced to come out of international retirement as Germany still need him.

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11. Mesut Ozil turned down some "crazy" offers in favour of remaining at Arsenal, according to the German's agent.

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12. Mesut Ozil will start in his customary position and will be ably supported by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Pierre-Emerick.

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13. Mesut Ozil had a quick reply for fan's fantasy team question: Lacazette or Aubameyang.

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14. Mesut Ozil has claimed "I don't care what people say", with the Arsenal star aware that there are "people who don't like me".

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15. Mesut Ozil reveals Sergio Ramos was his best mate at Real Madrid and he had a secret talent for singing.

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16. Mesut Ozil was born and raised in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen.

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17. Mesut Ozil has commented how he and his Arsenal teammates are still working hard, despite the good run of form.

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18. Mesut Ozil has regularly been lambasted by pundits since he joined Arsenal in summer 2013, with Graeme Souness recently questioning his lack of passion.

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19. Mesut Ozil insists he is unfazed by constant criticism at Arsenal.

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20. Mesut Ozil open to seeing out career at Arsenal, with eight years left in the tank.

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21. Mesut Ozil has been at the forefront of the Unai Emery revolution at Arsenal.

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22. Mesut Ozil has claimed he could end his career at Arsenal.

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23. In 2013, Mesut Ozil signed a sponsorship deal with German sportswear and equipment supplier Adidas.

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24. As part of the BigShoe project, Mesut Ozil donated his 2014 World Cup winnings, an estimated £240,000, to pay for 23 sick Brazilian children to have medical surgery as a "personal thank you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil.

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25. Mesut Ozil is a third-generation Turkish-German, who, in reference to his game, concludes, "My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game.

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26. As of January 2016, Mesut Ozil has the best ratio of assists per game in the history of the Premier League.

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27. Mesut Ozil commented on several media outlets that were using the photograph to push right-wing propaganda, while selectively criticizing him for his Turkish background, noting the lack of media uproar after Lothar Matthaus met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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28. In the final, Mesut Ozil played 120 minutes before being replaced by Arsenal teammate Per Mertesacker.

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29. Mesut Ozil ended the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as Germany's top scorer with eight goals.

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30. On 29 February 2012, Mesut Ozil was recognised as Germany's best international of the year for 2011 prior to kick-off at a friendly against France in Bremen.

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31. Mesut Ozil confirmed his reputation as a decisive passer, as he provided seven assists, more than any European international during Euro 2012 qualification.

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32. Mesut Ozil was one of the leading forces in Germany's qualification for UEFA Euro 2012, scoring five times during the campaign as Germany won all ten of its games to top their group.

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33. Mesut Ozil was selected for Germany's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, starting in all of the team's matches.

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34. Mesut Ozil missed Arsenal's opening day defeat to Liverpool, after his excursions at UEFA Euro 2016 meant he was not match-fit.

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35. Mesut Ozil continued his run of good form by providing four assists in the next three games, against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Sunderland, helping his team win all three matches.

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36. Mesut Ozil returned to club training in the middle of August after participating in Germany's 2014 FIFA World Cup win in Brazil.

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37. Mesut Ozil played all three of Arsenal's remaining fixtures during the last month of his debut season in England.

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38. Mesut Ozil was showing signs of old form and started in Arsenal's second leg Champions League last 16 clash with Bayern Munich.

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39. Mesut Ozil missed the chance to score his fourth Arsenal goal when he saw his penalty in the win over Marseille saved by Steve Mandanda.

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40. Mesut Ozil made his debut for Arsenal in their league game away to Sunderland on 14 September 2013.

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41. Mesut Ozil said of the transfer, "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.

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42. On 2 September 2013, Mesut Ozil agreed to join English side Arsenal.

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43. At the end of the season, Mesut Ozil had 26 assists, more than any other player in the leagues.

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44. Mesut Ozil expressed his desire to end his football days at the club in an interview with German magazine kicker, saying, "I'd like to end my career at Real Madrid.

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45. On 14 August 2011, Mesut Ozil scored his first goal against Barcelona in El Clasico in the first leg of the 2011 Supercopa de Espana.

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46. On 31 January 2008, Mesut Ozil moved to Werder Bremen for a reported fee of €5 million, signing a contract with the German club until 30 June 2011.

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47. Mesut Ozil was a key contributor as Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, gaining several plaudits for his versatility and creativity.

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48. Mesut Ozil plays mostly as an attacking midfielder, but can be deployed as a winger.

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49. Mesut Ozil is a German professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal.

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