Mourinho will be hoping the other Ozil turns up at Arsenal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Dec 2017 11:26:39


 

LONDON,

JOSE Mourinho is a big fan of Mesut Ozil but the Manchester United manager will undoubtedly be hoping Arsenal’s on-form German has one of his off days at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The trip to what has become a fortress for Arsenal pits Mourinho against old adversary Arsene Wenger with anything less than a win of no use to either as they chase runaway leaders Manchester City.


The Gunners are on a run of 12 successive home wins in the Premier League, bolstered by a 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield Town on Wednesday with Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both on the scoresheet.
Ozil is unlikely to be lacking in motivation, with the flair player—often criticised for drifting in and out of matches—out of contract at the end of the season and on Mourinho’s radar.


The two were together at Real Madrid before Ozil moved to Arsenal and the Portuguese to Chelsea.
His man of the match performance against Huddersfield had Wenger singing his praises.
“Everybody knows he’s a great football player,” said the Frenchman.
“He shows also that he can fight. I think he always covered the distance.
“Maybe he’s at an age, he’s mature, where he understands what’s important and less important.


“The judgments are sometimes harsh in this job.
“When you look at the percentage of possession, no matter the game, he always wants the ball. He never hides. He’s always available.”
Stoke can get back on track with win over Swansea, says Hughes STOKE City’s Premier League meeting with Swansea City on Saturday is a must win game that can get their stuttering campaign back on track, manager Mark Hughes said on Friday.


Stoke are 16th in the table with just one victory in their last seven league games and Hughes stressed the importance of claiming three points to end a run of results that he believes have not reflected the team’s performances.
“For our own benefit it feels like a must win game, I have to be honest,” Hughes told a news conference.
“People who watch us play week in week out know we are a good side and a side who can compete at this level... we have to go out there and take the points that our performances deserve - we haven’t done that recently.”
Swansea are second-bottom of the league with nine points and have not won since beating newly promoted Huddersfield Town 2-0 in October.


“They have good attacking threats and they have a bit of pace about them too, so it is difficult to see why they are struggling,” Hughes said.
“They will look at the game against us and hope it is the one that kick-starts their season, but we have to make sure that isn’t the case.
“We want to be strong and get the job done - we have been close in recent weeks, but we haven’t finished the job, so we need to do that tomorrow.”
Midfielder Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting suffered a knock on his ankle in Stoke’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Wednesday but will be fit for the visit of Swansea.