Arsene Wenger has praised the growing partnership between Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil. The partners in crime scored two of Arsenal’s three goals in the 3-0 victory at Villa Park. Their interplay was good and it seems that a roving striker like Welbeck suits Ozil much better than a static one.
Danny Welbeck set up Mesut Ozil with a sumptuous ball which the German finished with aplomb. The emotion on Ozil was more of relief than joy. Seconds later they switched roles, Ozil put in a delicious ball from the left that Welbeck buried into the top of the net.
One interesting observation was Welbeck’s movement for his goal, he started his move from the edge of the box on the left while Ozil chased the ball and when the German crossed it in Welbeck was there right in the centre to finish the move off. This goal wouldn’t have been possible if Welbeck had been slower or Ozil’s ball been a bit wayward.
Wenger told Arsenal player:
That’s the positive of the day, When they played close to each other, they combined well, with pace, and that was very interesting for us.
[Ozil] had a good performance. The performance is not necessarily linked with the position he played. It was the plan of the day to play him there but that can change game by game. The whole team played better as well and he’s a guy who depends a little bit on the quality of our game.
I was impressed by [Welbeck’s] performance because he had good [ball] retention, he scored, he had an assist, he worked hard and he had a great game.
We had a good focus from the start on, a good work-rate and good togetherness. Our team play was convincing – we could play patiently and we could play quickly when needed. We scored three goals in [just over] three minutes and that was game over. The second half was more controlled and it was a very convincing performance.
Yes it was a convincing performance and we held Villa at bay once we scored. The critics as usual attributed the win to Villa’s prematch disruption (flu or something like that). It wasn’t our brilliance or our genius, it was the virus. I wont be surprised at all if we were to go to Munich and sneak out a win and the Mail ran a headline like “Aliens in Bayern’s suit as Arsenal edge past an alien ridden Bayern Munich”.
It was interesting to note Arsene Wenger linking Ozil’s performance to the team. We all know the German thrives on runners and he isn’t the one to take the game by the scruff of the neck, he decides games by his moments of magic and for him to conjure them we need willing runners who can run beyond and stretch the opposition defence. In Dortmund we could hardly keep hold of the ball and our play was out of sync. Against Villa, our play was much better, Welbeck’s movement was good and you could see Mesut delivering.
Based on the Villa game I am tempted to think that both the German and the Englishman can emulate a certain Henry and Bergkamp, shouldn’t be that hard. No pressure, Danny and Mesut!