The German international has come under fierce criticism for his displays in recent weeks, with many suggesting that he doesn’t work hard enough for the team.
The 25 year old has often played out wide on the left-wing this season where he has struggled to influence games, but was restored to his favoured central role at Villa Park and the midfielder responded with a superb performance by scoring a goal and assisting in another.
Ozil answered his critics in some style in the 3-0 win, putting up an all-round performance, which was exactly what Arsenal wanted from their German pass master and it was a ray of hope at the end of a tough week for the midfielder.
It was a first-half performance from Ozil that oozed class, as he burst beyond Danny Welbeck to collect a pass and coolly stroke the ball beyond Brad Guzan for the opening goal. Minutes later, he reverted to type by delivering a delicious pass from the left that enabled Welbeck to open his account as an Arsenal player in the most emphatic of fashions.
The play-maker took to social networking site Facebook to express his happiness over the display where he took just 79 seconds to complete the goal and assist. He said:
Wenger played him behind the striker against Villa and it was evident from his performance that freedom to express himself is exactly what Ozil craves. He does not want to be parked on the left-hand side of midfield, as he was in the Gunners’ mauling at the hands of Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
When played on the flank, the German’s influence on the game is limited and his interest appears to wane. Wenger took the decision to play Ozil as the central midfielder, and it paid off. He has to hold his nerve and persevere with that tactic in the future and the rest is up to Ozil.
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