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Mesut Ozil explains bold new haircut

By Ben Green

Published: 12:39, 17 July 2019

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has explained why he decided to dye his hair a fluorescent blond ahead of the new season.

During the Gunners’ 3-0 drubbing of the Colorado Rapids earlier this week, Ozil could be seen at the DSG Park donning his usual brown hairdo but just 24 hours later, the 30-year-old decided to spruce things up with a new barnet.

Ozil’s new haircut: Five things to know…

  • Ozil was a second-half substitute in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.
  • During the match across the Atlantic, Ozil was snapped with his usual brown haircut.
  • After the pre-season friendly the playmaker dyed his hair blond.
  • Teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has likened the hairdo to that of USWNT star Megan Rapinoe.
  • Ozil has now revealed the reason he dyed his hair blond is that he lost a bet.

Some Arsenal fans have accused the former Real Madrid midfielder of going missing in big matches, but that certainly won’t be the case in future key games as his new luminous blond trim certainly makes him difficult to miss.

Many will think this an audacious move from Ozil, but the attacking midfielder has now admitted his latest mop is a result of losing a bet to Alexandre Lacazette, and he wasn’t the only one to come up short in the wager.

He said: “I lost a bet. I lost a bet against Laca [Alexandre Lacazette].”

When asked what the bet was, Ozil replied: “The crossbar challenge.

“Me, Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi all lost together. That’s life.”

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Aubameyang can’t resist teasing dig

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasted no time in taking to social media to tease his Arsenal colleague over his fresh new cut, comparing Ozil’s hairdo to that of Women’s World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe.

The 30-year-old forward wrote on his Instagram: “Now I know how they [USA] won [the Women’s World Cup]. Best haircut you ever had bruder.”

In his post, the Gabon international also tagged the USWNT forward, who drew widespread plaudits for her role on and off the pitch during the Stateside triumph in France.