The German media was full of praise for the Gunner. Markus Hanfler takes a look.
The Telegraph puts it right on the money by writing: “[…] Ozil is one of those footballers who hardly need to go looking for space. Space seems to come to him when markers fail to appreciate where he might twist or turn.”
And added: “The deadly pass is Ozil’s main calling card. He is a facilitator, a fixer, but he also wants to score, as his sweet finish demonstrated.” To catch the meaning: He is not alone on the pitch nor does he play like he is.
A self-centered playing style is most likely not essential for the German international who could be the best passer in the business. But it is the opinion of some German journalists for sure. What else could be in their mind as they wrote “Ozil is the king of Arsenal”?
Suddeutsche Zeitung, a national newspaper from Bavaria, headlined “Ozil finished Napoli” like if there was no one else besides Ozil.
Another article by the same newspaper tends to the same direction: “Mesut Ozil is truly amazing at Arsenal. Within a few weeks the international transformed a lifeless team into a championship contender.”
The conservative newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung tried a more earthed approach stating that “Ozil leads Arsenal to victory“.
Only the football magazine kicker saved the pride of Germany’s journalism.
“Ozil and Ramsey splendid” is the headline and kicker added: “It was like a second warm-up program that mainly Ozil and Ramsey ended abruptly. The midfield players combined suddenly again and again through the ranks of the Neapolitans, who often served only as a spectator.”
That’s probably a fair assumption.
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