Gunning for Greatness: My Life

First Person

  • 14 Oct - 20 Oct, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Time Out

Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid, he has savoured silverware at Arsenal and also lifted the World Cup with Germany in 2014.

But his life and career have been a test of resilience. Growing up in Germany's Turkish community, he faced prejudice from those who claimed his dual identity would prevent him giving his all for the national team. Later came questions over a different type of commitment, the kind levelled against those, like him, who excel in football's finer arts rather than relying simply on running and ruggedness.

In his autobiography, he reveals the inside stories of his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, his quest to help the under-fire Frenchman restore Arsenal's pre-eminence – and how he silenced the doubters by conquering the world.