Mesut Ozil may be enduring a tough time at Arsenal, but Manchester City rival Ilkay Gundogan considers his fellow German to be “elegant” and a “huge talent” who is misunderstood by many.Questions continue to be asked of a World Cup winner at Emirates Stadium amid a testing campaign which has seen him fall out of favour under Unai Emery.It has been suggested that his days may be numbered in north London, with a summer transfer being mooted after seeing the January window slam shut. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Gundogan, who is a former international colleague of Ozil, is baffled by the criticism being aimed at a fellow countryman, with it his opinion that a player proven at the very highest level remains among the best in the world.The City star told Sport360 when asked about Ozil’s current situation and how he compares to Kevin De Bruyne: “Both are game changers. Kevin is a little bit more aggressive in his style and, at Mesut’s best, both are on a similar level.“I think people always criticise Mesut because they think his attitude on the pitch is not a good one, that he doesn’t care that much.“But I think people just struggle to accept that you can have the more emotional kind of players, the more aggressive ones and you have players like him, you know, that need maybe this calmness for their game.“It looks a bit more elegant and slow, but believe me it’s so difficult to defend against these kind of players. They make everything look so easy and I think sometimes you forget to appreciate these kind of things.“Obviously we always watch games and, even me, we always think we know better. But on the pitch it’s always a different story.“A player like him, with his huge talent, I don’t think it just surprises just me, but a lot of people, that he doesn’t play regularly.”Gundogan added: “Of course I have sympathy for him. Also, because I know the more regularly you play, the easier it is because you have the rhythm and just keep going and you don’t think about certain things too much.“My experience from the last couple of years at City is that you get your game time and then the next few games there’s always someone coming in with similar quality, ridiculous quality, and our manager in these kind of cases has a very tough job.“He always has to choose who to pick and try to divide game time throughout the whole squad. That’s a very tough thing to do. In a team like Manchester City, Arsenal, and other big clubs, it’s quite difficult just to have the same 11 players starting every week“From my own experience, the more you play, back-to-back games, the better you feel, with more self confidence and rhythm.”Gundogan may get the chance to line up against Ozil on Sunday if he is recalled to the Arsenal side for a heavyweight Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium.That contest is set to take place with talks ongoing regarding an extension to the contract of a key playmaker in City’s ranks.Quizzed on his future, a man already tied to terms through to 2020 said: “I’m happy where I am right now. I enjoy my football, I don’t think in a sporting way there is any other place to be right now.“But I still have 18 months to go. I’m 28 now, not the youngest anymore, but I don’t think there is any pressure, not for the club, not for me to rush it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cancer is a disease that develops within an individual rather than being delivered from without. Thus, it is a disease which one ‘makes’ rather than one ‘gets’. On Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., Prof. Emeritus Don Ursino will present a lecture on “Cancer: a disease of probability”. Ursino’s lecture will focus briefly on the major events involved in the ‘making’ of cancer as well as some of the important factors that influence these events. He will discuss some of the misconceptions that exist regarding the disease, some of which are still being communicated by national organizations. Through his understanding of the biology of cancer, he will explain why cancer must be viewed as a ‘disease of probability.’Ursino explains that “since cancer is not an infectious disease, you cannot really prevent cancer. But, based on your personal characteristics, lifestyle choices, and your genetics, you may be able to decrease your probability of acquiring cancer.”If there’s one thing he misses about Brock, it’s the constant mental stimulation of being in a learning environment. “I love teaching,” he explains. “It can be a very creative endeavour trying to foster learning in students.”Ursino is excited to return to Brock and is “looking forward to seeing any students [he] previously taught.”To register for his lecture on Cancer: a disease of probability, visit brocku.ca/brock-days/register***About Prof. Emeritus Don UrsinoUrsino was a member of Brock’s Biology Department from 1969 until his retirement in December 2000, during which time he was primarily identified with the teaching of plant physiology and evolutionary botany. Outside the department, he was a frequent contributor to the Grade 12, Liberal Studies, and Concurrent Science Education programs. His major contact with students, however, came from the many years he participated in the biology course for non-science majors and in the bioethics course he taught with Prof. George Nathan. In total, it’s estimated that Ursino taught more than 19,000 Brock students. During his tenure at Brock, Ursino was the recipient of three awards for excellence in teaching, including the national 3M Award, and awards from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association and the Brock University Alumni Association.In retirement, Ursino continues to pursue his love of learning by independently researching topics he loves, like cancer, contemporary culture and history. He also presents at eight-to-10 invited speaking engagements a year. To stay healthy and active, Ursino runs, cycles and gardens. He also sings with the Avanti Chamber Singers, presides over the Brock University Retirees Association, and is nicely distracted by his four children, five grandchildren, and his wife Anne, with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July.