Wenger: Ozil back to his best for dominant Arsenal
Arsenal were rampant against Everton, with manager Arsene Wenger singling out Mesut Ozil for special praise.
Mesut Ozil was in fine form as Arsenal ran riot against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday,Â with Gunners managerÂ Arsene Wenger claiming the playmaker was back to his best.Â
Arsenal piled more misery on the under-pressure Toffees boss Ronald Koeman with a dominant display at Goodison Park, cruising to a 5-2 triumph on Merseyside.Â
It provided a fittingÂ response to their defeat at Watford last time out and Ozil â€“Â who could well leaveÂ in the January transfer window with his contract expiring at the end of the season â€“ put on aÂ scintillating showingÂ on his return to theÂ starting XI.
"I would say [he is back to his best]," Wenger told Sky Sports after his side secured a first away win of the league season.
"I told him after the game that a fit Ozil is completely different. If you're not at your best physically, no matter how good you are, you are at a handicap.
"It's very difficult to single out any performances as everyone played very well. It was important to get our first win away from home."
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Arsenal started on the front foot, though a stunning Wayne Rooney strike saw Everton teak the lead against the run of play.
However, the Gunners responded â€“Â Nacho MonrealÂ levellingÂ before the interval, whileÂ Ozil headed in Alexis Sanchez's cross shortly after the restart.
Idrissa Gueye's dismissal for a second bookable offence left Everton even more vulnerable and Arsenal soon had a third with Ozil turning provider forÂ Alexandre Lacazette, with Aaron Ramsey and Sanchez adding further gloss to the victory either side of Oumar Niasse's scrappy effort to mark Wenger's 68th birthday in style.
"After Wayne Rooney's goal, we should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up, but we were 1-0 down," Wenger continued.
"We didn't panic and maintained our focus. Once we equalised, it was all us for the rest of the game.
"I was [concerned] because recently we've been punished for every mistake we make away from home. But I knew there was a long time to go.
"Our away performances this season have not been rewarded."