Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar    Ethiopian state TV says 70 graves found town of Humera in Tigray region after conflict    IS group claims responsibility for attacking oil refinery in Northern Iraq: Statement    Egypt's Senate approves new internal bylaws    Type O blood linked to lower COVID risk, taking Vitamin D unlikely to help    Emirates NBD Egypt pre-tax profits at EGP 1.338 billion in 9 months    Brexit unresolved, as EU, UK say big differences remain    Gaza gets vital medical aid as hospitals struggle with rising infections    Egypt's El-Khatib praises Ahly and Zamalek, condemns any abuse towards football players or officials    NBE: Exchange rates of key global currencies rates Sunday 29-11-2020 vs. Egyptian pound    Sudan inflation soars, raising spectre of hyperinflation    Amoun Pharma may be Saudi, Abu Dhabi Wealth Funds target    Philip Morris Misr says committed to delivering a smoke-free future    Zidane laments Real Madrid's awful start, lack of consistency    Players are losing the joy of playing: Man City boss Guardiola    Turkey's new virus figures confirm experts' worst fears    Egypt's Sisi inspects road projects under construction in Cairo    Ethiopia to generate power from GERD in June 2021, says Ethiopian Minister    Cairo, Alexandria, Gharbiya and Luxor record highest coronavirus infection rates, minister    2021 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories    Egypt's interior ministry takes legal action against 5,226 drivers, 483 shops for violating COVID-19 preventive measures    Sisi calls on citizens to closely observe COVID-19 preventive measures    UAE's ADGM to sign MOU with Israel's securities authority on fintech    Akhenaten performance at the Cairo Opera House is a must go    GERD: A point of order?    Cairo International Book Fair suspended for five months over coronavirus concerns    US will reduce number of its troop in Iraq, Afghanistan    Asia forms world's biggest trade bloc, a China-backed group excluding U.S    Egypt unveils largest archaeological discovery in 2020 with over 100 intact sarcophagi    Trump says won't blame Egypt for being ‘upset' over GERD dispute with Ethiopia    1st stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections kicks off on Saturday    Global Finance: Egypt's Tarek Amer among the world's top 20 central bank governors    Legend footballer Lionel Messi says he is forced to stay with Barcelona    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    Iraqi conglomerate eyes developing land that housed Mubarak-era ruling party HQ    Legend Messi officially wants to leave Barcelona, hands transfer request    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Word Cup stars fail to sparkle on return in EPL
Published in Ahram Online on 25 - 08 - 2014

Their dazzling displays lit up the World Cup, but the stars of the summer have failed to arrive on time for the Premier League party, with one of the tournament's flops stealing the early limelight.
Whether it is Arsenal's World Cup winning heroes, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, Chile's leading light Alexis Sanchez or Manchester United's Robin van Persie.
Those whose performances were the toast of Brazil have been outshone by one of the tournament's biggest disappointments, Chelsea's Diego Costa.
Arsenal's German duo Ozil and Mertesacker were bathing in ticker tape and partying long into the night just six weeks ago when Germany lifted the trophy after beating Argentina in Rio, but there was little to celebrate in Saturday's performance against Everton.
Perhaps still recovering from his World Cup exertions, Ozil, an ever-present starter in Brazil, showed none of the guile that helped Germany lift football's most coveted prize and looked ineffective in attack and neglectful in his defensive duties in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.
While he is integral to Germany's dynamic game, he was accused of flitting in and out of matches at times for Arsenal last season and failed to track the run of Everton's opening scorer Seamus Coleman as he burst into the box to head home.
Germany's towering centre back Mertesacker has fared no better on his return to domestic duties and a forgettable performance against Everton was typified when he was brushed aside by Everton's Romelu Lukaku en route to their second goal.
At least he lasted 90 minutes, however, unlike Sanchez, whose performances with Chile had a host of clubs scrapping for his signature.
A muted display in Arsenal's opening league match against Crystal Palace and in their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas, was followed up on Saturday by a stinging early substitution.
After struggling to adjust to the lone forward role he was asked to play by manager Arsene Wenger at Everton, he was unceremoniously hooked off at halftime.
According to the professorial French coach, his lack of form is not a concern, just a question of fitness and fine-tuning.
"He is not ready physically but I am not worried about him," said Wenger.
"Once he will be at his best physically his confidence will come back."
Van Persie provided one of the most iconic images of the World Cup, his arched back and athletic leap timed perfectly to meet Daley Blind's crossfield ball to angle a header past Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Having missed Manchester United's first game, his first Premier League appearance of the season came at Sunderland on Sunday and ended in an early substitution after an ineffectual display.
Not all the World Cup returnees have suffered poor starts to the campaign, however.
The extended rest that Spain's early exit afforded Costa seems to have done the power of good to the striker who stumbled, tripped and miscued his way through the World Cup.
He only played in Spain's opening two games, a 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands and a 2-0 reverse against Chile, and looked unfit and off the pace in both matches, but has had the look of a sharp-eyed goal-getter in Chelsea's two opening clashes.
His goals against Burnley and Leicester City have not been spectacular, but were both from the striker's handbook of right-place, right-time finishes.
With physical qualities perhaps better suited to the hurly-burly of the Premier League than Spain's tiki-taka, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sensed the forward would hit the ground running.
"I got the feeling in pre-season that his adaptation would not be a big deal, he is an easy guy," said Mourinho.
"His style of play has adapted to our needs, so it has not been a problem."
(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter [email protected]_Sportsand on Facebook atAhramOnlineSports.)

Clic here to read the story from its source.