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Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil flies under the radar as Gunners drop points at home

Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil flies under the radar as Gunners drop points at home - Arsenal

Arsenal drew 2-2 with Southampton in what proved to be a frustrating afternoon for the north London club with one player proving to fly under the radar from Unai Emery’s side.

The Saints opened the scoring through Danny Ings after Ryan Bertrand played the England international through from a quick free-kick (via BBC).

Alexandre Lacazette then equalised after a cross from the left found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose blocked shot fell to the Frenchman to smash home.

However, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men took back the lead from the penalty spot through James Ward-Prowse before Lacazette equalised deep into stoppage time.

Lacazette proved to be his side’s man of the afternoon in a brilliant performance from the 28-year-old. As well as a brace, the forward dominated in the attack, having the most shots on target and completing the most dribbles of any player (via WhoScored).

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However, it was Mesut Ozil who proved to be the man who escaped everyone’s attention on his third consecutive Premier League start for the club.

The German international was the second-most fouled player and completed the joint-second most dribbles (3) as he proved to be a nuisance on the ball for Southampton’s defence.

However, his creative prowess was also in full-flow as Ozil didn’t give the south coast side’s defence a moment’s rest. He played the most key passes (4) out of Emery’s men and the most final third passes of any player on the pitch.

The Express agreed with this assessment as they gave Ozil a seven out of 10, commenting on his creative performance.

They said: “Found space after Arsenal changed shape and created plenty of openings for his attacking team-mates, staking his claim for a spot in Emery‚Äôs first-choice XI.” (Source: The Express)

Arsenal fans, how well do you think Ozil played against Southampton? Let us know your thoughts!


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