Mesut Ozil has “lost his motivation and desire”, according to Emmanuel Petit, with a man seeing his Arsenal future called into question on a regular basis now “waiting for his retirement”.Despite having committed to fresh terms with the Gunners less than a year ago, the World Cup-winning midfielder could soon be heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium.His agent has sought to quash talk of an imminent transfer, but Unai Emery continues to overlook him and offer little suggestion that the 30-year-old is an important part of his plans. 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? Petit believes the German playmaker has fallen out of favour because he has achieved that all he set out to in a distinguished career, with a man who once graced the very top of the game now merely going through the motions.The ex-Arsenal midfielder told the Mirror: “I think he lost his motivation and desire. He now looks as if he is just waiting for his retirement.“A player losing his motivation happens a lot. We are not robots. Sometimes you get into a new season and it’s just not the same. It’s very difficult to play at the same level all of the time.“If you earn so much money, have already won so many titles and, on top of that, if you have problems in your private life… I don’t know what’s going on in his life, but I can see what’s going on out on the pitch and his body language is not good.“It’s a great shame because I hope he can do something not just for himself but also for the club. He’s a beautiful player, but he needs to be loved.“It’s January. In two weeks’ time, the market is closed. I don’t see him leaving the club. Where would he go? To China? Honestly. Do you want to see Ozil finish his career in China?“I’ve nothing against China, but for a player like Ozil, that cannot happen.“I think the club needs Ozil. Ozil needs to understand that and he must get over his frustration and try to fight until the end. To somehow save his pride.”While suggesting that Ozil needs to feel wanted in north London, Petit believes the issues which led to international retirement being announced in the summer of 2018 have contributed to the struggles of a player with undoubted ability.The Frenchman added: “What happened with the national team, has had a big impact on him.“I was following the story for weeks and weeks in Germany and Turkey and I thought to myself, ‘It’s far beyond the limits.’ Some people attack Ozil as a person, not as a footballer.“This is the life of a modern sportsman, you need to do that. You need to fight.“I don’t want him to leave Arsenal, I just want him to come back on the pitch and to do what he’s being paid for.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Materials technology group Umicore is to increase significantly its production capacity for germanium semi-conductor substrates for use in high-efficiency solar cells. Umicore will also invest in the expansion of its capacity for lithium-ion battery materials. The combined investment level is expected to reach some € 45 million. The new production capacity for germanium wafers is to be set up at its Quapaw site in Oklahoma, USA. Construction will start in July and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2010. The facility will complement Umicore’s existing production site in Olen, Belgium, effectively doubling Umicore’s wafer production capacity to 900,000. Quapaw has the advantage of being close to the activity’s sizeable customer base in the USA.The new capacity is to support the expected rapid growth of the terrestrial concentrator photovoltaic market which could top 6 gigawatts by 2020 (requiring the equivalent of some 10 million wafers). Concentrator technology has the potential to become the driving force behind the market for germanium wafers. Currently, these are mainly used in solar cells for space applications and to a more limited extent in the production of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).Umicore is the world leader in the production of germanium wafers for use in high-efficiency solar cells, equiping most currently launched satellites and also longer range missions such as NASAs current Phoenix Mars Lander.Umicore will also expand its production capacity for cathode materials for use in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries at its facilities in Cheonan (South Korea) and Jiangmen (China). This represents the single most significant investment in the history of Umicore’s Rechargeable Batteries business line and will lead to capacity rising to approximately 10,000 tonnes per year – an increase of more than 50%. It is anticipated that the new production lines will be installed by the end of 2008 and that they will be fully operational by the second quarter of 2009.The investments will enable Umicore to keep pace with the fast-growing demand from its key customers and will also provide the production platforms for next generation battery materials and their precursors. The new production lines will offer the ability to produce lithium cobaltite and also new low-cobalt containing compounds containing nickel, manganese and/or aluminium. These compounds will serve customers who are present in the new, high-growth applications for lithium-ion batteries such as cordless power tools and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Such applications demand particularly innovative battery materials solutions which optimize safety, cost and weight whilst also offering outstanding performance characteristics for the battery.Umicore is a world leader in the development of materials for lithium-ion batteries and also offers the worlds most efficient and eco-friendly recycling service for used rechargeable batteries.