While many would agree with the inclusions of Cazorla and Ozil, Monreal’s presence may raise a few eyebrows and that’s essentially the nature of his game.
Monreal continues to go about his defensive duties quietly and efficiently, with the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha kept firmly in his pocket.
Cazorla was returned to his favoured central role and it is no surprise to see us revert to our fluent best with him at the heart of our team.
The Spaniard is crucial to our build-up play and his ability to relieve pressure with the ball at his feet can invariably set-up a potent attack.
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Regarding Ozil, Crooks uttered the words it seems many pundits never want to say. Not only did he praise our German maestro, Crooks believes that players of Ozil’s ability are rare.
“Every so often we see a player that is so gifted that he can change a game in an instant and Ozil is one of those players,” Crooks said.
Finally, it seems as though the British public are starting to acknowledge the genius that is Mesut Ozil.