Mesut seeks urgent medical treatment at Four Seasons

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Mesut Ozil, is sick again.

“Ozil was in bed Monday and Tuesday. I would certainly have played him, but because he was sick he will have to work hard tomorrow and won’t be involved.”

Or is he? Arsenal fans are convinced that he is in fact on holiday with his lady friend, prepping for the biggest game of the season at Wembley on Sunday.

Look, it wouldn’t surprise me. This is how most clubs act. Players need time off, Ozil certainly needs time off. If you look at his sprint stats over the last 4 seasons, they’ve always massively declined post-December because he’s not that fit. Shout out to Vik Akers for sharing those numbers.

Sending Ozil to Turkey for a bit of sun makes a lot of sense. He’ll break away from the doom pit of Colney, he’ll recharge mentally, and hopefully he’ll deliver an explosive performance at the weekend. It’s a bit rough a player we drop £350k a week on needs to call in sick every other month, but it is what it is, we have to manage that until Wenger leaves.

… you’d also think that if he’s calling in sick, he’d keep the Insta posting to him pulling a sad with a massive dog on his lap.

The game today is going to be a cakewalk. We’re too far ahead to see any real threat. Wenger still sees it as a secondary priority.

“We have to focus on the Premier League,” added Wenger. “The Europa League is one of the priorities we have.

“But ideally we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.”

The Swedes are going to have to come at us, they’ll expose themselves at the back, and we’ll take advantage.

Aaron Ramsey rejoined the squad for full training, so I’d be shocked if he started on Sunday. Even if he did, he’d be utter dross so it doesn’t feel like the gamble is worth it. He’s a player that needs games to find rhythm.

Mikki is cup-tied for Sunday, but he can play tomorrow, so he’ll earn a chance to forget about the shocker he had against Spurs a couple of weeks ago.

Auba, I believe, can play against City at the weekend, so he’ll certainly be rested. There are also strong rumours Iwobes will be played tomorrow, giving a big clue to him likely being dropped on Sunday. Seems really weird that as soon as the Nigerian finds his game, he can’t get a start?

Hopefully, we’ll see some more game time for Eddie and Reiss tomorrow. The perfect chance for those two to show they belong. I’m all about the Europa League, hopefully, the other results go to shit and we can make the semi-final at the very least.

I am genuinely excited to see the British teams doing well in the Champions League. I mean, easier to stomach because we’re not in the Champions League, but it really does prove a point, when you put great coaches with great players, magic can happen. There’s been so much negativity about how being near English soil somehow makes you average.

I think the extra money in the league has helped, Premier League teams need more money for the CL and bigger squads because we don’t have a winter break, and the competition pound for pound is way higher here. Most of the other leagues, bar Spain, have 1 team domination issues… so they hoover all the domestic talent and can rest players in low-intensity games before the CL.

It’s great to see our teams finally make a bit of a mark due to grotesque shared riches.

Right, enjoy the Alan Smith podcast. It’s excellent.

We cover:

  • Patrick Vieira to Arsenal
  • Steve Bould, huuuhhh, what is he good for?
  • What it takes to win elite competitions

Also, leave a nice review if you find it via iTunes.

298 Responses to “Mesut seeks urgent medical treatment at Four Seasons”

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  1. Ishola70

    The British teams in the Champions League the ones that had on paper the harder draws are not even through yet and it is the first knockout phase.

    Spurs had a good result but that match is still up for grabs for both teams in the second leg and if you look at Barcelona’s recent results away from home in the Champions League a draw at Chelsea was not a great surprise. They are clear favourites to go through in the second leg.

    As for the big wins for the others Porto have been on the wane for a long time if we talk about the real top level and Basle are never on the top level.

    A bit premature to be declaring how strong and great the EPL is just based on first leg results in the first knock out phase and very easy wins for Liverpool and Man City.

  2. Bankz

    The only English teams guaranteed to progress right now,are City and Liverpool.
    It’s a bit premature celebrating english teams in the CL.

  3. Ishola70

    And if the EPL is this great and strong league now as implied Arsenal better get their house in order pretty sharpish rather than doting on an old past it manager or they will be competing in Europa League and scratching around for FA Cups and League Cups for many years to come. Bobbing on the second level.

  4. Ishola70

    Those wins for Liverpool and Man City you would have expected them to win those ties several years back with Pellegrini and Rodgers in charge so that the current teams win those ties is nothing to write home about although the scorelines are heavy it puts doubts on the real quality of the opposition.

  5. Redtruth

    “I think the extra money in the league has helped, Premier League teams need more money for the CL and bigger squads because we don’t have a winter break, and the competition pound for pound is way higher here.”

    How many points are Man City leading by lol

  6. Bamford10


    You warned people here the other day about abusing other posters and about “casual cunting”. You may want to review the posts of NorthernGoon — see his work on yesterday’s article, for example — as the above is basically 95% of what he does here.

  7. Bamford10

    I’ll say again re last night’s United-Sevilla match: Sevilla are not really all that great, and yet they had all of the chances in the match. United, frankly, are kind of pathetic, and Mourinho kind of doesn’t know what he’s doing. IMO.

  8. Ishola70

    tbf Bamford Sevilla are a very strong home team. Not many teams at all go there and beat them.

    Decent result for Man United.

  9. Pierre

    Shame Pedro didn’t ask Smith about his crap co commentary during the city v arsenal game earlier in the season.

    I’m surprised sky kept him on after that game as his commentary was inept, biased and amateurish.

    The highlight of his inept commentary was for city’s 3rd goal and trying to convince the viewing public that David silva was onside despite numerous replays proving the contrary….

  10. HighburyLegend

    “But ideally we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.”

    Another priceless quote from the priceless kim jong weng.

  11. Pierre

    Believe it or not, mourinho is missing fellaini…
    We all know how he resorts to hoofing the ball in times of trouble and fellaini fits the bill.

  12. Bamford10


    A draw away at Sevilla might be a decent “result” — although for a club that has spent as much money as United over the past few seasons, I think they should be doing better than that — but my criticism is more of United’s performance. They kind of did nothing. I imagine some will say that this was Mourinho’s ultra-conservative plan, but that doesn’t justify it for me. A club of United’s stature and spending should be going to Sevilla, putting on a show and winning. That Sevilla side was decent but that is all. They are not that strong of a side. City would go there, IMO, and win 3-0. United should be doing the same. IMO, they would be wise to replace Jose Mourinho.

  13. Pierre

    You have to feel sorry for sanchez, he’s like a little lost boy out there on the pitch.

    As I said he’s last year, he’s lost a yard of pace and Sanchez is not the same player unless he has a bit of zip in his play.

  14. Ishola70

    Bamford look at Sevilla’s home record. They hardly lose a match there stretching back a long time and they are in one of the better leagues in europe rather than the Portuguese or Swiss League.

    We all know Man United are not pretty on the eye and are limited but the result itself is a decent one for them.

  15. Leedsgunner

    Pedro were you at a loss for words when you kicked off the podcast?

    I might be wrong, but it sounded like it. Perhaps you were star struck? 😉

    So refreshing to hear Alan Smith to say it was an honour to join the Arsenal.

    Wenger needs to go… if for nothing else we need to make it an honour to join the Arsenal again.

  16. Leedsgunner

    Alan Smith describing in beautiful clarity that when you want to win something in football YOU BUILD FROM THE BACK.

    No use having an embarrassment of riches in attack if you can’t defend to save your life.

  17. Bamford10


    I wasn’t referring to anything you said to me. I am talking about your treatment of other posters. I can out-argue you — as I did yesterday — any day of the week, and you can hurl whatever abuse you like at me. It will do nothing.

    However, Pedro warned everyone here the other day about abusive language, and that is pretty much all you do here. Yes, I can be stroppy at times and insult others, but I have resolved to be “nicer” to those I disagree with. Perhaps you should do the same.


  18. Leedsgunner


    I hope things are changing with Sven’s and Raul’s appointments but I would like to think if players really felt it was an honour to wear the Arsenal shirt we wouldn’t have lost the players we have in Sanchez and RvP. I don’t think for a moment they would have left if they thought we would be realistically in contention for a title anytime soon. More than money I believe they wanted to win the UCL and league titles. They lost trust in Wenger.

    I found it laughable when Jamie Vardy dithered about joining us. I don’t think it was an honour to him to join the Arsenal do you? What about all the players Wenger almost signed? Shouldn’t they have jumped at the chance when we came calling?

    I hope it’s going to change but at this moment we are a stepping stone club with Wenger in charge.

  19. useroz

    Manure sold Fellaini?

    No reasons the almighty Arsenal couldn’t win Europa under Kind Arsene… even with the CL dropouts. Surely we wouldn’t draw all the tough opponents 3 in a row.

    All it takes is to string 4 great games together, with a caveat that the players lock Wenger OUT when they meet to discuss tactics. This has emerged as the key succes factor for every great (and surprised) performance in recent past.

  20. useroz

    “But ideally we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.”

    Ffs… ideally we should have rid of you (and Stan) a decade ago.

  21. Bamford10

    “Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes slam ‘weak’ Romelu Lukaku after Manchester United’s stalemate against Sevilla” – @ESPNFC

    Told you he should’ve dropped Lukaku.

  22. Emiratesstroller


    I do think that it was an excellent interview with Alan Smith.

    He identifies openly Arsenal’s weaknesses and more importantly the defensive and organisational weaknesses.

    More importantly the failure of Wenger to utilise coaches within the club system who will not take the least line of resistance and stand up to him when there are clearly problems with discipline at the club.

    His comments about Bould’s lack of input at the club is worrying.

  23. Bamford10

    By the way, those wondering why Brazilians regard Alisson as their number one should check out the saves he made for Roma against Shaktar last night. He couldn’t win the match for them, but wow, did he make some fantastic saves.

  24. loyika

    @ Leeds

    A bit of mix and match really.

    Players leave all clubs for differing reasons, would you say players leaving other teams also left as a dishonour to their club badges as well?

    Funny enough RVP actually seemed to want to change his mind during the initial stall in his move, but in the end fair play to him.

    I still believe Alexis will not win anything more than what he won with Arsenal with United but only time will tell.

    As for the almost signed thingy, well you are right to an extent but also remember that a lot of those deals feel through due to Arsene’s constant dithering and haggling over transfer fees.

    In reality only few clubs are not seen as a “stepping Stone” to something bigger, just that we happen to be among the clubs that are seen as a transit to the Barcas and Madrid of this world.

    That’s just where we are right now as a club unfortunately.

  25. Rambo Ramsey

    Every time I see these ‘1’, ‘2’,’3′ comments from the usual suspects, I would always think- ‘Why don’t these clowns try writing something of note, like adults’.

    But now that I’ve had the misfortune of reading some of the multisentenced posts from this chap Boomslang today, thank the Fvck he usually only sticks to the numbers.

  26. Boomslang

    No point devaluing the blog with this insipid back and forth and ruining it for others. NorthernGoon, Rambo, you’re alright.

  27. Bamford10

    Sounds like Wenger will play a lot of youngsters tonight. Who do people think our most promising youngster is and why?

    Also, why do you think Nketiah has gotten no time since scoring twice in his debut?

  28. Carts


    Just done listening to the Alan Smith link,. Goods shit, bruv.

    Good to hear from an ex-Arsenal on the current situation, amongst other things.

    What most of us, in here, will probably draw to is Bould’s apparent lack of defensive input. When you’ve got 4 Arsenal players all chasing the same ball, this tells you all you need to know about what isn’t being implemented, or even addressed in training.

    However, let’s say we’re wrong, and that Wenger and Bould are drilling the players daily on routines and defensive structures, then somewhere amidst all of lie a dozen players that are devoid of retaining information.

  29. David Smith

    It is clear that neither Bould nor any other defence coach is allowed any input into this team, especially after the praise Keown got when he helped out so much in the ECL, though wenger was said to be “disgusted” at the football we played then.
    There was a story that wenger had to go back to France for, I think, a funeral, but in his absence, wenger would not let bould near the team, instead had Tony Colbert working on fitness with them.
    Numerous stories of player delegations pleading with wenger for more defensive training, and trying to sort things themselves away from this control freak.

  30. Carts

    David Smith (any relation to Alan??)

    Wenger’s had a monkey grip on all precedings for far too long. This idea that he’s did it all himself is some contrived, and quite frankly a lie.

    Wenger put himself in this position cos he’s an utter control freak. Seeing that power wrestled from him with Raul and Sven now in place should’ve happened years ago.

    The defensive element of things is rank amateur.

  31. David Smith

    Carts, afraid not!
    Agree with all you say, Wenger actually inspires only contempt , for me at least, these days.
    Yes, he is a control freak, an ego, a man resistant to change, who knows the cost of everything, but the value of nothing, a small minded man who cannot delegate or face challenge o matter how constructive. And these days, he is bitter and resentful with it, you can see it in his face.
    as his power wanes, he is reverting more and more to type, leading to significant deterioration on the pitch, as he abandons the idea of defending altogether.
    The transition is in place, the club really dont need him, if he is here next season, that is down to him and Stan only, two men with a stubborn streak that means they will let things get worse rather than admitting they have made an immense mistake.

  32. BacaryisGod

    Patrick Vieira was my favourite Arsenal player, above even Thierry and Dennis. He’s also showing promising signs at New York FC. He spent his glory years with us, but has been supported and groomed by Man City since he played his last year of football with them in 2010-2011. Essentially, that’s 8 years of support from wealthy owners and upper management in developing him to become a manager for a major team.

    Right now the path to Man City is obviously blocked by a pretty good manager but when it comes to his long-term future, let’s not get confused about where is loyalties lie right now.

    More to the point, any other manager who has had 2 years at an MLS team wouldn’t even be coming close to consideration as our next manager, and I doubt whether he would accept an assistant manager’s role.

  33. London gunner

    I’ve noticed that Thierry Henry is never anyone’s favourite player, why is that?

    I hear Vieira, Dennis, cesc, pires, Gilberto ect, but never Henry

  34. ArseneisaFraud

    The team line up is:

    Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Mkhitaryan, Wilshere, Iwobi, Welbeck.

    Subs: Macey, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Willock, Nelson, Nketiah. 

    Jackie boy is captain according to SSN.

  35. GuNZ

    The only ‘sick’ that Ozil looks to be is love sick. And who wouldn’t be with a little Turkish Delight like that.

    Anyway, I’ve put a little wager down on a 5-1 win to us tonight at odds of 35-1 so I am relying on the boys to bankroll my Friday night out.

  36. Pierre

    Hey Ufraud
    At last, you have succeeded, we have a mass boycott at the Emirates tonight …. How did you manage to get so many fans into your way of thinking?

    Ha, It wouldn’t surprise me if he was there tonight, sitting all by himself with thousands of empty seats around him…. Give us a wave Ufraud(Billy no mates) if that’s you.

  37. karim

    Lyon beat Villarreal 4/1 after 2 legs, which is an excellent result imo.
    They do look like potential winners after their semi-final last season.
    Not to mention they’re hosting the final this year.

  38. BacaryisGod

    I think the Europa is looking like a bit of a stretch. We’ll have no Aubameyang or Lacazette so we’re relying on injury-prone and goal shy Welbeck at CF. Just not sure we’ll have enough goals in the team to overcome Atletico, Dortmund, Milan, Lazio or even RB Leipzig.

  39. BacaryisGod


    The stadium will be packed for a QF vs Dortmund or Milan. Fans aren’t coming because our stars are rested and we’ve already won the tie.

  40. BacaryisGod

    Is it me or has Maitland-Niles developed a habit of jogging instead of sprinting back when our opponents counter-attack? For a young player, that’s pretty alarming. Seen it in recent games and just now against Ost.

  41. GuNZ


    Truth be told it was a freebie top-up from my online bookie so I was feeling recklessly extravagant and decided to blow it all on a mad fool caper.

    That having been said, NZ managed to get two bronze medals in the Winter Olympics yesterday (only the second and third in their history), so there is a strangeness in the sporting air at present, and outrageous things are happening . . .

  42. Victorious

    I think you are right,but in your assessment concerning our chances you forgot the fact Lacazette will be back for the second round of fixtures?. and I only see AM as our major threat, we’ll see though

  43. useroz

    How long would fans need to put up with short corners ending up in our own half?? Why did CBs go up for??

    Fucking Wenger kids know only back and side passes.

  44. BacaryisGod

    Good point.

    Assuming he’s out another month (and we know it’s often longer) then Lacazette would be struggling for match fitness in the first leg of the Round of 16 but after that could definitely help us.

  45. ArseneisaFraud


    Your chosen bet does seem a bit rash, particularly when you see how we are playing now. We look like we are playing just like Ostersund but with more expensive players.

  46. useroz

    I down

    Pathetic. Shameless, Embarrassing.

    Sead has become rubbish.

    Fuck you Wenger

    2 down

    PU ducking Bould on and take Chamber off

  47. Leedsgunner


    We look like we are going to win Europa aright!

    Goodness me.

    Pathetic… and we played a relatively strong side as well.

  48. BacaryisGod

    Highly unlikely still but if we actually end up losing this then safe to say Arsene doesn’t survive this season.

  49. Guernsey gun

    Haha… will be shitting themselves. Still only one Arsene Wenger eh all you sad sack rim licking tossers on here. Oh yeah I blame kroenke for this shit fest.

  50. Leedsgunner

    So let me get this straight… Spurs were able to come back from a 2 goal deficit against Juventus — and we can’t even keep a clean sheet against a Swedish equivalent of Coventry City.

  51. raptora

    Funny though, all of our back four were destined to have a great fugure ahead of them, all of them were top talents/prospects at the time they came to Arsenal + Sead was a ready made class footballer.

    At this moment none of them shows anything remotely close to be worthy of a place in a supposedly “top” team.

    Who’s to blame?!

  52. useroz

    Seriously why sold Walcott before Welbeck??

    These bunch has no appetite to even take a shot?

    The way it is we may concede another pen…

  53. DaleDaGooner

    The day Belerin opened his mouth talking shit about AFTV, i wondered if he had a brain, his current form has been awful, least player i expect to be mouthing off.

  54. Guernsey gun

    Raptora……kroenke of course, according to some delusional fuckwits on here. Not arsene, no move along nothing to see in the dugout other than a 68 year old loser.

  55. ArseneisaFraud


    Unfortunately AW won’t bench him. Bellerin is a yes man and that will enable him to lock down the RB spot.

  56. Leedsgunner

    Maybe Bayern Munich gave them some pointers on how to scare us senseless. Really does anyone have any pride in the shirt?

  57. Marc

    Well if we go out tonight I just can’t see Wenger keeping his job at the end of the season.

    CL through the top 4 won’t happen and a League Cup isn’t good enough to cover over the issues.

  58. UTarse

    We have become the laughing stock of world football. But Le fraud will champion our mental strength for coming back to get thru to the next round by whatever this game ends up as result wise.

    All you muppets that mock protests, take your head out your arses. Jokers.

  59. Victorious

    “Raptora……kroenke of course,
    according to some delusional
    fuckwits on here. Not arsene, no
    move along nothing to see in the
    dugout other than a 68 year old

    Ehmmm,think you should calm down a bit here,did’nt see you spit your dummy when we blitz pass them in the first leg

    What most posters are insinuating is the the fact Kroenke is just as big a problem as Wenger,If he isn’t that clueless we won’t be having this conversation in the first place,hope you get it now