Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Walcott: Ozil aggression key to his goal spree

Theo Walcott knows a thing or two about aggression. In the Southampton youth team he was known as the Saints Sadist, Theo Wildcott, or The Beast of … ahh … we can’t, but the Arsenal man can recognise it in others when he sees it.

And this season he’s watching Mesut Ozil add some of it to his game, something Walcott feels is making a significant contribution to the German’s goalscoring form.

The former Real Madrid man bagged a hat-trick against Ludogorets last night, just days after Walcott himself should have taken home the match ball – missing chances to get a treble against Swansea.

“He showed me how to score a hat-trick anyway!” said Walcott. “He’s worked really hard, he’s looking strong and fit and you can see there’s a new aggressive level about his play.

“He’s ruthless in front of goal just now and chipping in with a lot more goals, so hopefully it can continue.”

It was Ozil’s 6th goal of the season, and to put that in perspective his best campaign since he joined is 8 – achieved in 2013-14 and again last season. He’s well on course to get into double figures, something Arsene Wenger has been nagging him about for quite some time now.

Watch the goals/highlights again here.

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Newxieland

It is strange for a player of his talent to have never got into double figures when it comes to league goals in his entire senior career – something you definitely wouldn’t have known if you watched his finishing last night.

But the key question remains – can he do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke…

Anonymarse

Go away Michael

Harsh

Don’t worry, we’ll have Ramsey back by then 😛

CaptainCazorla

The bigger club we’ve faced this season with better players and manager

are Liverpool, Chelsea and PSG

we aren’t really convincing tbh

ATLGooner

Yeah but Liverpool was the first match of the season. After watching their snooze fest against man u, I have no doubt Arsenal can take them apart when they next meet.

Campbell's forehead

Dismantling Chelsea and a decent away point to PSG isn’t convincing then?

Sg_gooner

Away at psg was really a disastrous performance. We were simply saved by cavani. But the way we took apart Chelsea and managed to grind out victory is what set this season apart from the others so far.

Let’s not get too carried away, if we can perform well in November, February and April then we are really in with a shout.

Halles

I think what you meant to say is that we were saved by Ospina and not Cavani. Ospina was just playing otherworldly in Paris. But I guess it’s easier to moan if you blame the opposition striker than laud our own goalkeeper for the result. Way to go, you’re definitely fun at parties!

Godfrey Twatschloch

Credit where it’s due. Cavani was shocking in that game against us.

Papas

that you Rio?

Antispuds returns

Owen is that you?
We beat Chelsea
We had a makeshift defence when we played Liverpool! Rod had no experience in PL. We still scored goals. If they play us with the current defense they won’t score that much and you will see the result.
We played PSG with a brand new Mustafi who still had to gel in the team. He has now formed partnership with the boss. Wait for the second leg mate.
Which other team? Oh yes Basle. They let us play otherwise it will be different right?

Rufusstan

Equally important for the topic, Ozil was still on holiday when we lost to Liverpool…

Even without him, we scored 3 and were a missed penalty away from a point.

Actually, we scored as many goals in that game as: Sp*rs, Leicester, Chelsea and Mourinho’s mercenaries managed between them.

Greg

half the team was missing against Liverpool, most of them rested after EURO, yet 3-4 is not like we’ve been washed. Liverpool had a good start too, credits when it’s due to both.

Giroud's bulge

What we need to do is win consistently and right now we are. This fascination with playing the biggest clubs is as stupid as it is dangerous. The focus needs to be there, whatever the opposition.

Anonymarse

Against Liverpool we played Chambers and Holding in defense, half our team was missing / not fit.

PSG are a stern test for anybody. Also Alexis up top was new, Theo was missing.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Ah, this bit about Theo being missing… nobody seemed all that bothered at the time 🙂 He’s changed a few minds since.

Ebo

#jagunnersja!

Richard Murphy

CaptainCazorla
Are you fishing?

Liverpool – lost 3-4 with Chambers and Holding at CB, thrashed Chelsea and drew away PSG…

I’m not denying that we’ve got away with a few this season (ie Burley, Southampton) but we’ve done alright against the ‘bigger’ teams so far

RBland

I think I just worked out what Ozil’s front door security code is.

Sean

Just a quick word on that finish Mesut’s done a few times (last night as well as Chelsea and United) and whether it’s intentional; anyone remember watching this on loop when we first signed him? Hmm… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiAmUehzA30

Le Jim

I know it’s not really relevant, but when he turned around, it looked like he had a sticky note stuck to his arse. Yeah.

BODMAS

let hope he got more goals in important matches so that we can always win more and enjoy the match

Akinkuade Oluwadare

it’s kinda strange for people to say Ozil has not been performing against big teams. what happened last season against Man Utd and Liverpool. At least I’m pleased he’s shutting the mouths of doubters.

Johan

With Ozil scoring like this, his game is starting to resemble Bergkamp’s. Exciting times!

Cech's Hat

That door looked like a beast too, yeah!!!

k9ine

30 premier League wins is enough to win the title, no? That should be d target and this team can achieve that.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

What are the A, B, and C targets then?

Mega

A: 27 wins
B: 28 wins
C: 29 wins

Obvious really!

Spooner

Or?

A: 33 wins
B: 32 wins
C: 31 wins

Lord Bendtner

Clearly the video was taken by Mustafi. Do u think he changed his door code after Flamini left?

Mexican Gunner

I think Flamini received him with dinner.

Simonetta

Mesut…Mesut. Nuff Said. ?

Rooney's Lady Bits

Beast of the Southern Wild

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