The Gunners returned to winning ways thanks to a Mesut Ozil finish, Danny Welbeck’s first for the club and a gifted own goal. Naturally much of the attention surrounded the aforementioned German who has at least started to answer the critics with a long overdue effective performance.
Operating in a more free role, the World Cup winner occupied central positions more often than of late and it had a devastating effect. A tidy no-look pass early on in proceedings was enough to get me excited about the prospect of our record signing stepping up, and he certainly oozed class and confidence when he slotted a tidy through-ball from Welbeck. Then a minute later fed the Englishman with a delicious cross to double our lead.
Now let’s not get too excited, it was Aston Villa after all (no offence) and not quite Borussia Dortmund or Manchester City. He still has plenty more to prove and in patches looked like the world class player we spent a fortune on. But he scored his first away goal for the club and today will do him and his teammates a world of good.
We took to twitter to see what the rest of the footballing community had to say on the performance of the much maligned Mesut Ozil.
SkySports asked the question..
A goal, assist, & more ground covered (11.3km) than any #AFC player. Is Ozil back to his best? http://t.co/oCcsxqa0sk pic.twitter.com/5qYbEUDSdC — Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 20, 2014
Ozil in a free role with hardly any tracking back…novel idea eh… http://t.co/t2UQl62A2R
— SheWoreAYellowRibbon (@SheWore) September 20, 2014
AW: “Ozil played very well. He took advantage of good positions behind their midfield & his link play with Danny Welbeck was very good.” — gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) September 20, 2014
Its not so much Ozil playing at 10, its Rambo playing deeper and more involved that is giving us the better balance. — GeoffArsenal (@GeoffArsenal) September 20, 2014
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How did you think Ozil fared against Villa? Were you happy with the German’s contributions? Share your thoughts below..