Arsenal and Liverpool 'new Ozil' target sent off in relegation six-pointer

Hakan Calhanoglu received the first red-card of his career as Hamburg went down to Stuttgart yesterday.

A player that has recently been linked with both Arsenal andLiverpool is Hamburg SV playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu.

His style of play and Turkish background have seen him dubbed ‘the next Mesut Ozil’ and his star has been shining since the beginning of the current campaign - and last month became an internet phenomenon after firing home an incredible 40-yard free kick against Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal were linked with a ‘concrete’ interest in the player in January - something which was later branded completely untrue by the players agent. At the same time Liverpool were also said to be keen on the Turkish international.

He recently announced his commitment to his current club - with a contract extension until 2018. However with the club in a relegation battle he is still likely to remain a transfer target should HSV suffer demotion.

And yesterday morning he spoke of his hopes for the season and the upcoming afternoon game against VfB Stuttgart - a relegation six-pointer at the bottom end of the Bundesliga.

"I knew that I can make it in the Bundesliga. But it is going so well for me, so I could not count. Now all eyes are on me, the pressure is there because many think that I can decide everything alone. I can decide a lot, especially with my standards. But only as a team we can win. Only as a unit, we get the win in Stuttgart. "

Well he was right about one thing - Hamburg would have to play without him to win.

Calhanoglu was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence in the 53rd minute - the first red card of his professional career.

And then, to make matters worse, Stuttgart went on to win the game 1-0 thanks to an Alexandru Maxim strike.

Hamburg are now below Stuttgart and third from bottom - level on points with the team below Nurnberg - who have a game in hand.

Bad news for Hamburg and Calhanoglu, but Arsenal and Liverpool fans might have reasons to be cheerful.

Here are the highlights from the game…

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