Mesut Özil has taken to Instagram to show off his new laceless adidas boots, boots he should be wearing against Chelsea this weekend in one of many London derbies this season.
He will be the first player to wear the groundbreaking footwear, and described them as “perfect” in his latest Instagram offering.
Özil has one of the greatest first touches in the footballing world, and is able to do amazing things with a ball at his feet. He claims laces prevent him from showing exactly what he’s capable of though, and believes these new boots will go a long way towards remedying that.
The boots have clearly been in the making for quite some time, but only now have they been released, and the World Cup winner can’t wait to try them out.
“My whole career I have tried to minimise the impact of laces on my strike and ball control,” says Özil (via The Telegraph).
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“I revealed to Adidas in 2014 that in the changing room I knot the laces over and over again and then tuck in the ends – that way they do not interfere with my touch.
“So when they came to me last year with the laceless boots, it was like they have created my dream product. I cannot wait to wear them on the pitch.”
Hopefully we’ll actually get to see Özil and the boots in action this weekend against Chelsea, as he was absent from our goalless draw with Stoke City last Sunday. The Telegraph suggests he’s over the foot injury that sidelined him against the Potters, and should return for the Chelsea game, although we’ll obviously have to wait and see.
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The former Real Madrid star has obviously been a massive part of our title push so far this season, so fingers crossed this isn’t a typical Arsenal injury and he really does return this weekend. We’re sick and tired of set-backs, mis-diagnosed injuries, and problems being worse than originally thought. Please let this one just be simple!