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Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil proves threat despite loss to Leicester City

Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil proves threat despite loss to Leicester City

Arsenal went down 2-0 to top-four rivals Leicester City in a brilliant encounter at the King Power Stadium with one player proving to be a threat for Unai Emery’s side.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring in the 68th minute after superb link-up play between Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans saw the Belgium international cross the ball to the 32-year-old to tap into an empty net (via BBC).

The Foxes then made it two when James Maddison, who was set up by Vardy, struck a fierce effort from the edge of the penalty box into the bottom corner.

Unai Emery’s side proved horrible defensively as they attempted to see off Brendan Rodgers’ side. However, one consistent performer proved to be Mesut Ozil, who was a constant creative threat in his attacking midfield role.

The retired Germany international played the joint-second most key passes in the Arsenal side as he helped create the small number of chances they had (via WhoScored).

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Indeed, it was his passing which proved to be the best part of his game on Saturday evening. Ozil played the second-most final third passes (22) for Arsenal as he attempted to carve open the Leicester defence.

The Sun agreed with this assessment of the playmaker’s performance to a certain extent, commenting on the quality he showed during the little times the Gunners did attack.

They said: “Quiet. [However] Linked up nicely with Lacazette and Aubameyang during some of Arsenal’s smoother passages of play in the first half.” (Source: The Sun)

Arsenal fans, what did you make of Ozil’s performance against Leicester City? Let us know your thoughts!

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