Mesut Ozil has been on a bit of a dry spell in terms of goals and assists recently, not contributing any attacking contributions in nine Premier League games prior to the win over Newcastle United. Still, the playmaker ended that streak on Sunday as he slotted home a cutback from Nicolas Pepe as he put in a brilliant attacking performance.
The German was a creative force in Mikel Arteta’s side as he played the joint-most key passes and was the joint-most fouled player (via WhoScored). He also covered more distance than any of his teammates, bar Granit Xhaka (10.7km), showing his strong work rate on this occasion at least (Sky Sports via DailyAFC).
One fan called him a ‘maestro’, whilst another called his display a ‘monsterclass’.
— Harry #MariHive (@RunReissRun) February 16, 2020
— UCHMAN (@uchmoni) February 16, 2020
Fans seem to be taking to Ozil despite the fact some supporters have called for him to be sold earlier on in the season. Let’s take a look at some of the comments on his display:
— Michael (@matonzm) February 16, 2020
real heatmap pic.twitter.com/bA2Guw74jM
— elxr (@_jarodleeyx) February 17, 2020
The heat map shows how big he has it when he can do what he likes
— SEP (@JusephLT) February 17, 2020
Absolutely sensational today ❤️ pic.twitter.com/sX8otx2g35
— William (fan account) (@OzilThings) February 16, 2020
Arsenal fans, how well did the midfielder play yesterday? Join the discussion below!
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