Arsenal star Mesut Özil quietly went about his business against West Bromwich Albion in our final Premier League game of the season, but produced one moment of quality which epitomised his class.
Özil shone with a fluent and quick forward line in front of him, and the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez benefited from his magnificent creativity.
When we have Olivier Giroud up front, much of our play becomes congested. With the Frenchman operating in a smaller space, our predictability was evident against teams that defended deep in our last few home games.
At Real Madrid, Özil had a rapid trio of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, and – slightly less so – Gonzalo Higuain to feed, and we must replicate an equal forward-line if we’re to maximise his potential.
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Özil is 26, and if we waste his prime years by playing him in behind limited forwards, it would be a footballing travesty.
Here is the German’s lovely piece of skill to leave Gareth McAuley slightly embarrassed.