During his warm-up ahead of a Premier League encounter against Swansea City, Arsenal's £42.4m summer signing Mesut Ozil was caught spitting his chewing gum out before flicking it back up with the tip of his boot and catching it with his tongue. The Gunners ran out 2-1 winners at the Liberty Stadium and, while Aaron Ramsey was the stand-out player, Ozil produced an orchestral performance in midfield.
The trick had affable pundit pair Ray Parlour and Jimmy Bullard purring on the Sky Sports sofas the next morning as the former was in disbelief at watching the clip: 'That don't go back in his mouth, does it?! Ah… that's brilliant,' before the latter concluded: 'That's ability, innit.'
However, there are now question-marks circulating through social media that the chewing-gum trick was not the first witnessed on British turf, as Tottenham Hotspur's former flair player Rafael van der Vaart bettered Ozil's move by playing keepy-uppy with the gum eight times, as is evidenced by the embedded video below.
You have to get out of bed earlier than that, though, if you want to get one over Ozil as Mesut had been practicing this skill for many years, even whilst on international duty with Germany, as this video from 2010 testifies.
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