I must admit that I was worried that Arsenal had made a big mistake by not selling Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the summer, and I was a bit cynical about Ozil’s commitment and even about his little publicized injury which kept him out for a while. But the German playmaker certainly proved his doubters wrong today with his headed goal and also the eight chances that he created for his team-mates.
He is obviously back to full fitness as well, and Wenger was over the moon with Ozil’s performance. Le Prof said after the game: “I’m impressed [with how he played] but when he is sharp physically like that and at that level of performance, he must enjoy it and of course we as a team enjoy it,” Le Prof said on Arsenal.com.
“He can score, he can do what he wants. He has the technical quality, the coordination to score even headers and when he is mobile like that he can get into dangerous areas.
“I think the quality [from the team] was there today and we had all kinds of tests because we were 1-0 down after having started well, so it was a good mental test.
“After that, offensively and defensively, we played very well on the whole and it was good, our quality of passing was good, finishing maybe we could have done a little bit better if you want to be absolutely harsh, but overall we had the quality.”
You have to admit that just everyone had a good game today, with them having 30 attempts on goal between them, but Ozil was head and shoulders above everyone else with his creative skills. Are we all happy to see him back to his best? Of course we are!