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The Ozil show

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Where on Earth did that come from?

We’ve said time and time again over the last twelve months or so that when Mesut Ozil is at the top of his game, there are very few people who can compete with him. The midfield maestro has been able to prove that on a handful of occasions, but last night, he put in one of the best displays of his career as Arsenal came from behind to defeat Leicester City at the Emirates.

Back from the brink

From his goal to the role he played in Arsenal’s other two goals of the evening, it just felt like everything clicked into place for the former German international last night. He had a clear mind, he was focused, and he was by far the best player on the pitch. It’s bizarre to think that so many fans forget just how good he can be, but that’s what comes with inconsistency – and that’s something we really do hope changes over the course of the season.

We don’t just hope it changes for our sake and the sake of the fans, though, because we want it to change for Mesut himself. He’s been through a great deal over the course of the last few months, from the circumstances surrounding his international retirement to the scrutiny he has faced off of the pitch. Now, though, it appears as if he’s more prepared than ever to focus on his game, and what he can do to improve – and we have nothing but respect for that.

Avoid the stereotypes

Sure, some would argue that putting in a display like that doesn’t mean a great deal when it comes against Leicester City, but you’d be wrong. Just because it’s against the Foxes doesn’t mean it isn’t overwhelmingly impressive, because you can only beat what’s put in front of you and that’s more than just a catchphrase.

Mesut Ozil is still in his prime and he has players around him that can really bring the best out of his game, and now that he doesn’t have the distraction of international football either, we could see him do some big things over the next few years. So while 10 wins in a row may be the biggest story of all, let’s not forget about Mesut.

What was your favourite part of Ozil’s performance against Leicester?

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