Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey has spoken of how Mesut Ozil’s efforts in training are “almost unsaveable”, in conversation with The Telegraph.
The 26-year-old, Arsenal’s third-choice stopper, knows all too well what it’s like to have the Gunners sharpshooters finding the back of the net time and time again.
Indeed, the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe finding the net “every five minutes” meant Macey has had to learn not to let it affect him.
When it comes to Ozil and his trademark “bounce” shot, however, the 6ft 7in stopper has admitted that there’s simply so little anyone can do against it.
“It is almost unsaveable,” Macey told The Telegraph of Ozil’s shot, where he appears to pass the ball along the ground but somehow skims it up off the turf instead.
“Although it is bizarre and it looks crazy, it is actually a very good way of scoring a goal. Honestly it makes no sense, the way his foot goes down on the ball.
“It’s impossible because your body weight goes to the floor and the ball goes upwards. He scores with it most of the time because you can’t do anything about it.
“It’s your muscle memory. You see the way he goes to kick the ball and every other footballer in the world kicks it along the floor. Before you realise he is doing his trick, it is already in the net.”
It’s great to see Macey speak so highly of Ozil’s efforts in training, but at the same time, being unsure whether Mikel Arteta will pick the talented 31-year-old again is concerning.
Ozil clearly has a lot to offer the Gunners, but it remains to be seen this weekend whether he’ll make his first competitive appearance since March or whether he’ll remain on the sidelines.
That said, the Gunners boss did say last month that “everybody starts from zero” and that”everybody is going to have the same opportunities” this coming season.