Bild, the German newspaper, are currently serialising sections of the book, and it look set to be one of the best football books of 2017.
Already we know it contains a section on a falling out he had with with Jose Mourinho whilst Ozil was at Real Madrid.
Ozil writes that the current Manchester United manager said:“You think two beautiful passes are enough… You think you’re so good that fifty percent is enough.”
Adding a dramatic tone, Ozil continues, ‘He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round. He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually.’
Ozil then recounts that Mourinho shouted back at Ozil: “Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward. What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do.
Some the best Arsenal books ever
An all-time classic Arsenal book, Fever Pitch is legendary. As a young boy, growing up in London and watching his parents’ marriage fall apart, Nick Hornby – author of High Fidelity, About a Boy and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree – had little sense of home. Then his dad took him to Highbury. Arsenal’s football ground would become the source of many of the strongest feelings he’d ever have: joy, humiliation, heartbreak, frustration and hope.
In this hilarious, moving and now-classic book, he vividly depicts his childhood life, his time as a teacher, and his first loves (after football), all through the prism of the game, as he insightfully and brilliantly explores obsession, and the way it can shape a life.
In this updated edition of John Cross’s acclaimed biography, the author provides a compelling account of the man and his methods. He assesses the scale of Wenger’s achievements, as he closes in on 20 years in charge of Arsenal, and provides the most comprehensive portrait of the Frenchman ever published.
Especially poignant as a book on Arsenal’s past, present and future.
Perry Groves spent over a decade in the footballing spotlight. Sometimes he was at the top, often he was at the bottom and that’s half the reasons the fans loved him so much – and still do.
This is the most truthful and hilarious Arsenal books about professional football you will ever read. Perry Groves was the first signing by the legendary Arsenal manager George Graham. He has decided to tell all about his roller coaster years of booze binges, girl-chasing and gambling sprees. He’s a non-stop fund of hilarious anecdotes, recounting top-flight games played with a hangover, 125 mph motorway chases with international stars, visits to a brothel with an England World Cup hero and revealing how one drunken escapade ended with a group of internationals being questioned over an attempted murder charge. This is a unique chance to find out what top-flight footballers really get up to off the field and how they behave when the dressing room door is closed.