A footballer can be measured by his ability to control chewing gum in the air, with his feet, instead a normal ball, as Mesut Ozil decided to give everyone a little exhibition in the warm up of the most recent Arsenal match.
There wasn’t any real need to be reminded that Ozil is one of the most talented players in the world right now, but his juggling act with his chewing gum, which consisted of him spitting it out and then kicking it back into his own mouth might have propelled him into a new level.
Ozil didn’t have the best of matches, but Arsenal still came away with the 2-1 win in Swansea, taking a two point lead at the top of the Premier League and winning their fifth consecutive game. Unlike previous matches, Ozil wasn’t involved in any of the goals, but his influence since his arrival has been one of the most important factors in the team’s success.
This trick by Ozil takes him into Zlatan Ibrahimovic territory, who had his own version of Joga Bonito using chewing gum as an accessory, and made up rival, Mario Gotze, has also had his moment of chewing gum juggling skills in recent history.