Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Sep 2020 6:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link712Shares Mesut Ozil names dream world XI with just one former Arsenal player, snubbing current team-mates Ozil and Cazorla had a great connection on the pitch (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil has revealed his star-studded world XI including just one former Arsenal team-mate in Santi Cazorla, and none of his current Gunners colleagues.The midfielder has enjoyed a decorated career for club and country, starring for Spanish giants Real Madrid and winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014.Ozil moved to the Emirates in 2013 for £42.5 million, which at the time was a miraculous coup for the Gunners.The 31-year-old has lined up alongside generational talents on the pitch, and been managed by some of the best coaches to have graced the modern era of the game such as Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDuring his seven-year spell in north London, Ozil has played alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, winning the FA Cup three times so far.But when asked in a Twitter Q&A session to name his best world XI, he only chose Cazorla from Arsenal. The Spaniard was a fan favourite, known for his dazzling footwork and unique ability to use both feet, and Ozil produced some of his best football while playing alongside the tricky midfielder.Ozil’s team is mostly filled with his former Madrid team-mates, choosing Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria, Kaka and Karim Benzema.Ex-Germany colleagues Philipp Lahm and Jerome Boateng fill the remaining two positions.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhen asked his thoughts on Madrid captain Ramos, Ozil replied:’ One of the best defenders ever. And a great character and friend as well.’And when given the tough task of describing his former manager Wenger in just three words, the playmaker said: ‘Gentleman. Legendary. Invincible.’MORE: Barcelona contact Edu to sign Hector Bellerin from ArsenalMORE: Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Arsenal teammate David LuizFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Ozil’s dream XI Iker Casillas Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos, Jerome Boateng, MarceloXabi Alonso, Santi CazorlaAngel Di Maria, Kaka, Cristiano RonaldoKarim Benzema Comment Advertisement
DES MOINES — Two long-time members of the State Racing and Gaming Commission are retiring from the board when their current terms expire at the end of this month.Carl Heinrich of Council Bluffs and Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny each have served nine years on the body that regulates gambling in the state.Racing and Gaming Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko spoke about the two during the recent commission meeting.“Their patience, vision, and integrity, perspective, fairness, and impeccable judgment have resulted in sound, thoughtful, and consistent decisions — which have generated universal respect — no matter the outcome,” Ohorilko says.Heinrich is the former president of Iowa Western Community College. He talked about the experience during the recent IRGC meeting. “It has been an extreme pleasure to serve on this commission,” Heinrich says. “I have to admit when I was first appointed I was a bit apprehensive — because I really did not know the industry well.”He served during a time when the IRGC dealt with many high-profile issues. “I had to learn what was expected of me and to make decisions that I never thought I would make,” Heinrich says.Lamberti is an attorney and businessman who served in the Iowa Legislature before joining the commission. “It’s been a very interesting experience, I am glad I had the opportunity to serve. Nine years is a very lengthy time. I think turnover is good,” Lamberti says.He says his time on the commission was eventful. “During the nine years I think I got to do just about everything…in terms of people seeking expansion to basically putting a license up for bid in Sioux City — to now sports gaming,” according to Lamberti.Many of the issues were controversial — and he says none was tougher than deciding on new gambling license applications. “By far that’s the most difficult decision we have to make. Because it is not only the time and the work and the studies, the communities are very passionate about this, they invest a lot of their time, their effort, their money,” according to Lamberti. “And we take it very seriously You may not like how we vote — or you may like how we vote — but rest assured, we put our time in.”Lamberti says he thought he had seen everything he could when he decided to step down from the commission. And now says he knows that is true after watching the coronavirus pandemic force the closing of all 19 of the state-licensed casinos.Last week’s meeting was their last on the IRGC. A recognition of the two is planned at the July meeting if commissioners are again able to meet in person.