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Mesut Ozil hits back at Arsenal legends who have criticised his fitness record

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Oct 2019 8:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Mesut Ozil has made just one Premier League appearances for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Ozil, however, insists his reasons for missing so many games have always been genuine, while there have been many occasions where he has played through the pain barrier to play for Arsenal.‘I get really frustrated when I miss a game through illness and people question if it is genuine,’ he told The Athletic.‘Yes, it happened a few times — usually in the winter — but what am I supposed to do? If you knew me, you would know it takes a lot for me to miss a game and I have never used sickness as an excuse. Actually the opposite.‘I played many games when I was ill or had injuries. Before the Champions League game against Bayern Munich [in March 2017], I was sick and Arsene told me I was not in the squad because of that. The next morning, the guys from Arsenal called me and said, ‘Listen, you have to come to the stadium, you have to be in the squad’. Despite my illness, I joined the squad and played the last 20 minutes.‘Most players don’t play when injured or sick — it influences your game, you can’t give everything — but I was always available unless it was impossible.’Ozil also took issue with the accusation that he is only capable of showcasing his playmaking abilities against so-called lesser opposition.He added: ‘It always happens that an ex-player stands there on TV and criticises me,” he says. “Others just continue the theme and it gets in everyone’s heads.‘If we don’t do well in a ‘big’ game, it’s always my fault. If that’s true, how do you explain our results in the ‘big’ games when I wasn’t involved? There’s no real difference. I know people expect me to offer more, dictate play and make the difference — I do, too — but it’s not that straightforward.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I’m not the only player in the team and, don’t forget, some of our opponents are simply better than us. Also, what is a ‘big’ or ‘small’ game? In the Premier League, anyone can beat anyone. Look at Wolves and Norwich beating Man City, or Newcastle and West Ham beating Man United.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘So you can’t say my good performances only came in ‘small’ games because these games don’t really exist. The intensity is there in every match and often the ‘small’ teams raise their standard against the ‘big’ teams.’Will Mesut Ozil still be an Arsenal player after the January transfer window?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mesut Ozil insists he’ll see out Arsenal contract despite struggles under Unai EmeryMORE: Sheffield United ‘fancy their chances’ in front of ‘hostile crowd’ against Arsenal, says Chris Wilder Comment Advertisement Advertisement Mesut Ozil has missed over 100 games for Arsenal through illness and injury (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has hit back at his critics who claim he only performs against smaller team and have critised his fitness record.The former Germany international has missed over 100 games since his move to Arsenal six years ago from Real Madrid as a result of injury or illness.Ozil has been left out of Unai Emery’s matchday squad for the club’s last three games, while he was often omitted last season, particularly against elite opposition and difficult away matches.After he brought up an unwanted century by missing February’s fixture against BATE Borisov, Arsenal legend Martin Keown said: ‘To miss that amount of games is quite remarkable, isn’t it? 100 matches in that period. I would say that is definitely questionable. We don’t know, only the player knows.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Is he injured, is he ill? One of the things as a player you have got to be available for selection & you want to give consistency.’ Mesut Ozil hits back at Arsenal legends who have criticised his fitness recordlast_img read more

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Assisted living facility earns perfect score

first_imgBatesville, In. — For the second year in a row the Assisted Living at Rom Weber Flats has received a perfect evaluation from the State Residential Licensure Survey.Members of the Division of Long-term Care of the Indiana Department of Health conducted the survey to make sure the facility was in full compliance.Dennis Pinkerton is the current administrator and says he has only received four perfect evaluations in his 23 year career. Pinkerton expressed praise and gratitude to the staff for their hard work.last_img read more

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Local swimmers, divers receive honors at state banquet in Augusta

first_imgELLSWORTH — After a remarkable season, some of the area’s top swimmers and divers have finally been rewarded — formally, that is.Swimmers and divers from around the state were honored at the Maine Interscholastic Swim League’s annual awards banquet Saturday, March 12.Among the local athletes honored at the event were Ellsworth’s Sam Alvarado and Camden Holmes. Alvarado and Holmes both won individual state titles for the Eagles last month by finishing first in the 500-yard freestyle and 100- and 200-yard freestyles, respectively. The two were the top competitors throughout the season for an Ellsworth boys’ team that finished second at the Class B championships in Orono.Bucksport junior Anthony Wardwell, who was recently named the Penobscot Valley Conference’s best male diver, earned the Class A Diver of the Year Award. Although Bucksport doesn’t have a diving team, Wardwell competed the season as an individual diver as part of a cooperative arrangement with Brewer High School. He won the Class A individual title with a score of 339.3.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWardwell started diving five years ago at the Bangor YMCA but did not do so competitively until his freshman year at Bucksport. He placed second in the state last year and earned a trip to Florida for the YMCA national meet in the process. Wardwell was formally named to the PVC All-Star and MISL All-State teams at the banquet as well.Another swimmer to be honored was George Stevens Academy’s Ava Sealander, who made the MISL All-State team and was named the PVC’s top female swimmer in February. Mount Desert Island’s Liam Sullivan and Lydia DaCorte were also honored after being named All-State swimmers in multiple events in February.last_img read more

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Winter Storm Round 2 update — Winter Storm Warnings in effect for our listening area

first_imgURGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENational Weather Service Des Moines IA754 PM CST Mon Jan 21 2019…A Wintry Mix of Precipitation Tonight Into Tuesday Night….A winter storm system will bring a mixture of freezing drizzle,freezing rain, snow, and wind to the state. The heaviest snowalong with a glaze of ice is expected over northern Iowa whileover the central Iowa a mixture of snow and ice is anticipated.Hazardous travel is expected over much of the state startinglater tonight and will persist into Tuesday night. Shallow blowingand drifting snow is also anticipated this evening, especially inrural areas where appreciable snow pack exists.IAZ005>007-016-017-024>026-035>037-220600-/O.CON.KDMX.WS.W.0003.190122T0300Z-190123T0600Z/Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Humboldt-Wright-Franklin-Webster-Hamilton-Hardin-Including the cities of Algona, Forest City, Lake Mills,Northwood, Manly, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, Clear Lake,Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton, Fort Dodge,Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, and Ackley754 PM CST Mon Jan 21 2019…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CSTTUESDAY NIGHT…* WHAT…Shallow blowing and drifting snow this evening, then heavy mixed precipitation developing tonight and transitioning to snow Tuesday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected.* WHERE…Portions of North Central Iowa.* WHEN…From 9 PM this evening to midnight CST Tuesday night.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing and drifting snow will producing snow covered roads this evening. Conditions may change quickly over short distances. Snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleetand ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1. MASON CITY — Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for our listening area until late Tuesday night.  The latest weather statement as of 8:00 PM Monday night is listed below, but you can click on the red weather alert bar at the top of this website for the latest county-by-county informationlast_img read more