Arsenal 'next Ozil' target bags opener ... but club's miserable season continues

Hakan Calhanoglu scored again this weekend. However it was not enough as they lost 3-2 at home to Mainz.

A name that has recently crocked up into the transfer columns and rumour chill of late has been Hamburg SV playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu.

The teenager has had something of a breakthrough campaign in 2013-14. He signed for the club last summer from Karlsruher but was immediately loaned back to the Baden-Wurttemberg side - as his 14 goals in 31 games helped them earn promotion from 3.Liga to the 2.Bundesliga.

Recently Arsenal were linked with a ‘concrete’ interest in the player - something which was later branded completely untrue by the players agent,

But you can understand why Arsenal were so heavily linked with the player - mainly because he has been dubbed the ‘next Mesut Ozil’.

Well he has been the shining light in a difficult season for Hamburg SV - and that rhetoric rang true today.

He again played very well for the German outfit, with Calhanoglu even opening the scoring for the side with a left-footed strike that gave the home side a 1-0 lead.

However things did not go well after that.

They soon went 2-1 down after goals from Shinji Okazaki and Nicolai Muller, before Tottenham cult hero bagged an equaliser in the 79th minute.

But Hamburg’s miserable season continued when Okazaki bagged a late winner to complete a three game losing streak for HSV.

image: © Nick Sarebi

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch