Ozil names dream XI of who he’s played with – and snubs current Arsenal stars

Mesut Ozil has picked his dream starting XI of players he has played with throughout his career in a Twitter Q&A and there was no room for any current Arsenal players.

The 31-year-old playmaker has played with a number of world-class footballers during his storied career at both club and international level and it was no surprise to see that the majority of his XI was made of players from his time at Real Madrid and playing for Germany.

Just one Gunners star made the cut, with former midfielder Santi Cazorla lining up alongside Xabi Alonso in midfield.

In what proved to be the most controversial pick, Ozil opted for Real legend Iker Casillas in goal ahead of national team star Manuel Neuer.

Philip Laham, Sergio Ramoz, Jerome Boateng and Marcelo made up a formidable back four, with Ozil calling Ramos: "One of the best defenders ever. And a great character and friend as well."

In attack, Ozil opted for all Real players, with Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a notable omission.

Karim Benzema was chosen to lead the line instead, with Angel Di Maria, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo in behind him.

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Ozil was also asked if he was fit to play in Arsenal's opening Premier League clash with Fulham and the midfielder responded: "I’m fit & ready and doing my best. Unfortunately it’s not in my hands to decide about the squad on the weekend. We will see!"

He did not make a single appearance for the club post-lockdown and speculation surrounding his future at the club has been rife.

However, speaking to The Athletic last month, Ozil said: "I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.

"Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club — the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time — and I love London, it’s my home.

"Whatever happened in the last two seasons, I’m happy and very strong mentally. I never give up on anything. I want to help my team and I’ll fight for it. If I’m fit, I know what I can do on the pitch."

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