Mour­inho hopes the other Ozil turns up at Arsenal

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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 this af­ter­noon.

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 judge­ments 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.”

Arsenal, 12 points be­hind City, are with­out record sign­ing Alexan­dre Lacazette for the match af­ter the French striker suf­fered a groin in­jury against Hud­der­s­field.

Arsenal in­spi­ra­tional player, Me­sut Ozil cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a goal

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