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Why Mesut Ă–zil Did Not Feature for Arsenal During Narrow Premier League Win Over Burnley
90min
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 16:12

Why Mesut Ă–zil Did Not Feature for Arsenal During Narrow Premier League Win Over Burnley

90min
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 16:12

Mesut Ăzil missed Arsenals first home Premier League game of the season against Burnley because of illness.

Why Mesut Ă–zil Did Not Feature for Arsenal During Narrow Premier League Win Over Burnley

The German midfielder missed the Gunners opening day victory against Newcastle due to safety concerns - he and teammate Sead Kolasinac were victims of an attempted carjacking by an armed gang - but it was expected that Ăzil would return to the squad for Saturdays game at the Emirates.
But in the lead up to the game, manager Unai Emery hinted that Ăzil may not feature at the weekend because he had missed training through illness, even though he and Kolasinac were 100% ready to play after their traumatic ordeal.
The 30-year-old has often been ridiculed for his weak immune system, with a number of unexplained absences from Arsenals match day squads subsequently attributed to a virus of some kind.
As a result, he has become a focal point of some supporters frustrations, particularly when the Gunners are away from home. Furthermore, Ăzil has added insult to injury (literally) by causing himself back issues by spending disproportionate amounts of time playing the popular video game Fortnite.
Theres nothing to suggest that Ăzils absence from this particular game is anything but genuine, but this, his tenth period of illness since joining the club, latest absence will potentially rile supporters who do not feel he is worthy of his status as the clubs highest paid player.
Recent events may be taken into account, though, with Ăzil and Kolasinacs ordeal subject of an ongoing police investigation. Security has tightened around the pair in the wake of the recent trouble, with both players now looking to get back on the field and get concentrating on their football.
On the pitch, Arsenal have made the perfect start to this ​Premier League campaign - following up their opening day success over Newcastle with a narrow 2-1 win over Burnley, putting them top of the table, albeit briefly.