Top 5 Mesut Ozil performances for Arsenal
Earlier this week, Mesut Ozil provided Arsenal fans with some great news, as the German decided to put pen to paper and agree to stay at the club for another three years.
Since his arrival in 2012 he has divided opinion amongst Arsenal fans, as his languid style sometimes perceived to be lazy. However, one thing even his critics can agree upon is his immense quality. The German makes some extraordinary flicks look normal, and almost always executes the perfect final ball.
Let us take a walk down memory lane and list Ozil’s five best performances in an Arsenal shirt:
#5 Arsenal vs Manchester United - 2015/16
It was a day where simply everything came off for Arsenal. Ozil was right at the heart of every free-flowing move, playing that important through ball or just simply finding space in between the midfield and the defence to help Santi Cazorla and the full backs make forward transitions with the ball.
The opening goal of the game from Alexis Sanchez was set up by none other than the German, as he, dealing with a rather poor Aaron Ramsey ball, wrapped his foot around it on his weaker right foot for Sanchez to flick it home at the near post.
Arsenal's day only got better when Ozil, who played through Theo Walcott, received the ball back just inside the box and calmly slotted the ball to the right of a stranded David De Gea. Watching it back, the goal personifies Ozil’s calmness. In that situation, many other players could have lashed at the effort or missed, but the German managed to perfectly place it in the corner to wrong footed the Spaniard guarding the United goal.
In the second half, the Gunners were looking to see the game out and there was less of an attacking threat from the home side. This meant Ozil was required to receive the ball over the top on occasions and hold it up and win fouls, which he did brilliantly.
It was a complete performance, one of his best in an Arsenal shirt.