- Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil showed up to training with platinum blonde hair.
- The new look was the result of a bet he lost with teammate Alexandre Lacazette.
- On Twitter, many fans wondered if Ozil’s new look was a tribute to USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe.
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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil dramatically changed his look during the Premier League offseason, showing up for preseason training sporting a platinum blonde top that was impossible to miss.
As Ozil told Sports Direct Football, the new style came thanks to a bet he lost to teammate Alexandre Lacazette.
“I lost a bet. Or we lost a bet against Laca,” Ozil said in an Instagram video. “Crossbar challenge yeah. Me, Sead [Kolasinac], and Shkodran Mustafi, so we lost altogether.”
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Ride Together Dye Together ???????? @m10_official lands back in LA with a fresh trim ✂️ Watch now to find out who’s behind his new barnet… • • • #sdfootball #football #soccer #arsenal #ozil #losangeles #usa #unitedstates #footballseason #lovefootball #adidas #adidasfootball #footballboots #coyg #afc
On Twitter, fans quick to compare his look to that of United States Women’s National Team superstar Megan Rapinoe, who just weeks ago lead the Americans to another World Cup trophy in dominant fashion.
Despite Ozil’s claim that the new style was due to the lost bet, many were convinced it was a tribute to Rapinoe.
Barber: what you want?
Barber: say no more pic.twitter.com/oEXZzox61m
— Aubsaka187 (@MrWeedAFC) July 17, 2019
— Ross Casey (@RossCasey24) July 17, 2019
It's a done deal now Arsenal's first big signing Ozil Rapinoe???????? pic.twitter.com/xyUMs8B2L5
— Guy Benoît Kede (@guy_kede) July 17, 2019
????????♂️ Mesut Ozil hoping to channel his inner Megan Rapinoe this season… pic.twitter.com/r2NvjIceE3
— 90min (@90min_Football) July 17, 2019
— Evs (@Evz1377) July 17, 2019
Even if Ozil’s blonde mop is a result of a lost bet to his teammate, if it does help him channel a bit of Rapinoe’s ability on the field, it certainly wouldn’t hurt.
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