Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil is the midfield talk of Europe. After overcoming a shaky start to his career at Arsenal, the former Real Madrid man has adapted to the physical demands of the premier league and is in the form of his life.
While Ozil is regaled the world over for his ability to spot a pass and create chances (he has assisted 13 goals already this season!), Ozil is also widely renowned for his honest style of play. Known as one who rarely loses his cool and hardly takes a dive unlike most stars of the modern game, Ozil recently sat down in an interview and gave insight to why he is such an honest player. Ozil explained that the conditions under which he played as a young player did not allow him master the art of diving “I grew up like that. I play always honestly. I won’t change. I don’t dive. I can’t dive. I just can’t do that. I grew up playing on that hard surface, and I couldn’t dive on it as I’d hurt my legs. There were stones on it. That’s why we never tried to dive, so we never learnt diving. We didn’t have the pitch for diving. Even on the grass pitch here, I try not to fall down.” On the topic of his temper Ozil told reporters that he had been tackled hard all his life and was used to it. “In the youth teams in Germany I was always tackled hard but I never, ever got angry. Playing in that No.10 position, I was used to those tackles. I knew the tackles would happen. It is better for me to beat the tackler with my creative abilities, not showing aggression or being angry against them. That’s a waste of time. I focus on the game.”
Ozil, who was described by Andy Townsend as the “creator in chief” for Arsenal is well on his way to breaking Henry’s record of 20 premier league assists in one season having already 13 goals this season.