Paul Scholes has done a complete 180 in his column in the Independent, heaping praise on Mesut Özil for his performance against Manchester United.
The former Red Devil has been highly critical of Arsenal in the past, and of Özil in particular. He changed his tune following our 2-1 FA Cup win at Old Trafford however, and claimed he would have loved to play with the German World Cup winner if he played like that every game.
“I found myself agreeing with Arsène Wenger on Monday night,” he said.
“The Arsenal manager said last Friday that I would have loved to have played alongside Mesut Özil – and that would be right, as long as Özil played every week as well as he did at Old Trafford.
“Arsenal impressed me against United, and that has been a rarity in recent years. There were similarities with their performance against Manchester City in January. They looked sharp and hungry, full of energy in midfield where they overpowered United. They looked physically commanding too, and Danny Welbeck’s pace and power were important.”
Özil was excellent against United, not only with his passing and movement, but also with his defensive work-rate and his ability to fight and win the ball back when it was lost.
You have to wonder whether this was perhaps the first time Scholes actually watched the playmaker this season however, instead just recycling the negative stereotypes the media have been perpetuating about the Arsenal man.
The 26-year-old has been fantastic since returning from injury, and his superb performance against Manchester United certainly wasn’t his first of the campaign.
The former Real Madrid star does seem to finally be finding some semblance of the form he showed in La Liga. Hopefully he can keep that up until the end of the season as we continue to push on three fronts.