Arsenal latest: Ozil receives award; Mertesacker fumes with team tactics

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has been awarded with the Silver Laurel Leaf Award back in Germany for winning the World Cup this summer. 

Ozil was part of the Germany squad who triumphed in Brazil and he received his reward, the highest accolade to be handed out to any sports star in his homeland, today from Joachim Gauck and Angela Merkel. 

 

Per Mertesacker believes that he has the solution to Arsenal's problems this season.

The Gunners have been guilty of giving away a number of leads already this campaign and they let slip a 1-0 advantage against Swansea City at the weekend to crash to another defeat.

It was a loss which has caused a lot of frustration at the Emirates and Mertesacker believes that it is time for them to start playing 'serious football'. 

“The game was completely in our hands, especially in the second half when we scored,” Mertesacker is quoted as saying to the Guardian. “Then we have to play serious football and not lose the ball but they got us on the break, and that’s completely unbelievable in our situation.

“We have to play simple, even if we are 1-0 up – even more then."

Arsenal may face Galatasaray in an empty stadium when they take them on in this season's Champions League. 

The Turkish side have been reprimanded so many times by UEFA that their vice president Hamdi Yasaman admits that the stadium could be closed as punishment. 

“If the crowd troubles continue we may be handed a stadium ban for the final home game against Arsenal,” Yasaman said to Turkish-Football.com.

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