The viral we have been handed today in the Football Transfer Tavern has our punters in fits of laughter. We have a picture of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in front of us – who undoubtedly is a magician on the field, make no mistake.
Now it seems he could well have a couple of additional gifts in his locker as well as the mammoth number of assists he manages to rack up in a season. The midfielder can be seen at the forefront of our image, with his hands over his eyes. Whilst this is not quite getting a wand out a la Harry Potter, it is the player behind him that prompts awe and wonder amongst our punters.
Over a pie and mash, our regulars point out the Arsenal player who is elevated into the air just behind Ozil is Gunners tough guy Laurent Koscielny.
Now we know Ozil has managed to turn the fortunes of Arsenal around, and has been sensational for the club since he arrived from Real Madrid, but magical powers and a mastery of levitation as well?
For the amount Arsenal paid for him, you might hope that he does possess these tricks too!
As our landlord notes, if Real Madrid have allowed Ozil to leave given his special talents and all, what must Gareth Bale have up his sleeve in order to wow the Bernabeu faithful? It is certainly not the power of healing given he succumbed to an injury in the warm up during the weekend fixture with Getafe.
Ozil meanwhile has taken to life in England like a duck to water, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has made no secret of how pleased he is to have the German playmaker at his disposal.
As our punters note over a game of pool, maybe he can use some of his wizard-like talents to lure a top striker to North London in January as the final piece in the encouraging Arsenal jigsaw!