Saturday, 14 March 2020

Ozil calls supporters on unity during coronavirus crisis

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has called upon football supporters to focus on the well-being of themselves and those around them during the coronavirus outbreak.

As of March 13, there were 798 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, including Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, with 10 deaths, though worldwide the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports there have been over 132,500 infections and around 5,000 deaths.

A consequence of the outbreak is that the sporting calendar for the weekend has been decimated, with events all over the globe postponed or cancelled.

Football has suffered a seriously as any other discipline, with the Premier League cancelled until the beginning of April as a minimum, while UEFA has postponed next week’s Champions League and Europa League fixtures.

Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 have all also been postponed in what has been an unprecedented turn of events across Europe's big-five leagues.

Though doubts continue to be cast over the outcome of the season, Ozil has stressed that there are more important concerns to be taken into account currently.

The 31-year-old has played 23 times for Arsenal this season, scoring a single goal and adding two more assists.

The Gunners face a major challenge to get into the Champions League next season, as they presently lie ninth in England’s top-flight, four points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.

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