The Ozil-mania is still very much on, and it seems like it is not going to wither away easily. After all, it’s natural that people will go crazy, and start building it up about someone when that player is an established world class international and is a record signing for any top European club.
There is a genuine optimism around the Arsenal camp that a shot at the Premier League title is a high possibility now, if the Germany international fires all cylinders, which he has pledged to.
Former Liverpool player and now football pundit Dietmar Hamann is however skeptic over Arsenal’s success this season. There is no doubt that a player of Ozil’s caliber will improve any side in this world. And therefore, high expectations are bound to revolve around him.
Though it will be unfair to say that Arsenal will become a one-man-team now, but it is true that Ozil has become and will become the centre of focus each and every time. And Hamann harbours concern whether one man can take them to the glory of League title, or even place them in a title-race.
But, in Europe, Arsenal might fancy a chance here. As often we see, the best team doesn’t need to require winning this competition. All it needs is to play better than your opponents over the two-legged fixtures. And therefore, each and every year, we find a team coming out as surprise package.
Arsenal have been drawn in the group of death along with last season’s finalist Borussia Dortmund, French giants Marseille and Italian powerhouse Napoli. Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp in an interview with Bild said that although he doesn’t fear any team but has nothing but high respect for Ozil, labeling him as ‘grenade’.
And if Arsenal can pass the group stage safely, then it is anybody’s game. Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud have been brilliant so far, but Arsenal’s best chances of going beyond the group stages in Europe will largely depend on how the 24-year-old performs.
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