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Welcome Back, Mesut Ozil!

Milos Markovic in Editorial, English Premier League 23 Oct 2018

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Arsenal grabbed their tenth win on the trot with a 3-1 drubbing of Leicester City on Monday night.

The Gunners responded well to going down after a first-half own goal from Hector Bellerin and went on to put in a brilliant performance orchestrated by none other than Mesut Ozil.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might have grabbed the limelight with his brace but it was the German genius who produced a well-rounded display to remind us all of exactly how good he is when he’s on top of his game.

Marvellous Mesut

Arsenal did not take long to get back in the game after going a goal down in the 31st minute.

With the first period dwindling down Arsenal pushed forward a sublime counter with Mesut Ozil leading the charge. The German pushes the ball wide to rushing Bellerin who wastes no time in returning it back with a first-time pass into the box.

The slick and quick action is capitalized on by Mesut Ozil whose first-time flick stretches into the far corner and hits the back of the net of a motionless Schmeichel.

Yet this was just the beginning of the Mesut Ozil show.

The German had a hand – sort of speak – in all three Arsenal goals. Twenty minutes into the second half it was thanks to Mesut Ozil’s vision and game interpretation that Hector Bellerin was able to serve Aubameyang on a plate. The Arsenal midfield maestro pushed a precision through pass to unlock the Spaniard into the box and lay grounds for a quick finish by the former Borussia Dortmund star.

The third goal, however, was the perfect example of Mesut Ozil’s magical creation.

Awesome Ozil

Arsenal’s third goal was reminiscent of the good old Arsene Wenger time. Poetry in motion with Mesut’s magic spilling over to his teammates who instinctively follow his lead in making the third goal look ever so magical and beautiful.

It all starts with an unassuming flick to Matteo Guendouzi which sets the ball free away from Leicester City defenders to catch. Flicking on to it, the Arsenal youngster taps it over to free-running Bellerin who manages to exploit the space down the right wing.

The Spaniard would at this point – as was the case throughout the game – instinctively look towards Ozil. The German sits in the central position just outside the box with five Leicester defenders surrounding him and is not in a position to offer help.

What he does, however, it true art. By letting the ball run between the legs, Ozil lets it slide back to Lacazette who quickly prods it forward. At this point, Ozil is free like a bird, inside the box with the ball at his feet.

Mesut Ozil is known as a player disinterested in doing what any other player would do and in following the simple course of action. No, not Mesut Ozil. What his X-ray vision sees at this moment is not that tiny slot of space at Kasper Schmeichel’s near post but rather the pocket to his left to which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is rushing.

The German coolly flicks it over the Leicester ‘keeper for an easy tap-in and a sublime finish to what’s been the best bit of football you will have watched this weekend.

Welcome Back, Mesut Ozil!

“I think we played some sexy football tonight,” Mesut Ozil tweeted after the game.  

Free from the shackles of international duty, with his mind not focusing on pressing on the right side of a three-man midfielder, Mesut Ozil is once again enjoying his freedom on the pitch. And his football.

Unai Emery deserves great credit for reshaping Arsenal outset and liberating the German much to his own benefit. The Gunners are now primed to make it into the Premier League top-four with 11/10 stacked in their favour.

Level on points with Chelsea and Tottenham but with Mesut Ozil on song and playing like a true midfield marvel back again, the Gunners will definitely be the team to watch until the end of the season.



Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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