He was nominated for the Golden Ball Award in 2010.
Arsenal boy Mesut always prays before every match. He explained in an interview “I always recite from Quran before I go out (on the pitch). This really helps me to keep me focused.I pray and my team-mates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period.”
He is from Turkish ancestry and a third-generation German. He can also speak Turkish.
He made his debut in 2006.
His teammates nicknamed him Nemo – the name of the popular Disney’s character from “Finding Nemo”. Mesut was also likened to a tortoise, hare, owl and a chameleon…