Mesut Ozil’s Best Ever Arsenal XI As Midfielder Announces Retirement

Mesut Ozil’s Best Ever Arsenal XI As Midfielder Announces Retirement

Fred Kennedy
March 22, 2023 at 2:48 PM
  • Mesut Ozil announced his retirement from football on March 22
  • His retirement follows a troubled spell with Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Back in 2021, Ozil revealed his best-ever XI of Arsenal players

Former Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil has called time on his illustrious football career spanning 17 years.

Ozil's incredible football journey saw him play in the game's biggest stages, including the Champions League and the World Cup.

That journey also saw him share a dressing room with some of the finest players in the world, especially during his time with Arsenal and Real Madrid.

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal celebrates, Emirates Stadium, Premier League, Alexis Sanchez, Serge Gnabry
Mesut Ozil celebrates after scoring in the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
Source: Getty Images

The 34-year-old previously took part in a Twitter Q&A and used the opportunity to name the best XI of players he played with at the Emirates Stadium.

Exciting feature: Check out news exactly for YOU ➡️ click on "Recommended for you" and enjoy!

Ozil included former teammate, Alexis Sanchez and Bayern Munich ace, Serge Gnabry in his start-studded XI.

Who else made Ozil's team?

In a report cited by The Sun, the World Cup winner settled for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with David Ospina featuring between the sticks.

Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker made it into Ozil's heart of defence, with Bacary Sagna and Sead Kolasinac playing on either flank of the backline.

In midfield, the ex-German star settled for Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, drafting himself in the No. 10 role.

Sanchez and Gnabry were included upfront, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the attacking line.

Ozil's top XI answer attracted a large number of comments, including some raised eyebrows from his fans on social media.

Ozil donates to earthquake victims

Turkey and some parts of Syria were hit by a series of earthquakes last month which killed over 1,500 people, including Ghanaian football star, Christian Atsu, leaving many others displaced.

A third-generation German of Turkish origin, the 34-year-old Ozil donated relief materials to victims of the disaster and sent a heartfelt message to the country, as reported by Sports Brief.

He turned down playing for the Asian country despite playing a friendly match for them in 2006 as he was not looking to take up a Turkish passport at that time.

Fred Kennedy photo
Fred Kennedy
Emirates StadiumEnglish Premier League - EPL