A player who divides opinion arguably more than any other, Mesut Ozil has found himself in quite a fine run of form with Arsenal in recent weeks.
Looking sharper and hungrier this season, the languid German produced another fine creative display in the Gunners’ 5-0 drubbing of new-boys Huddersfield at the Emirates on Wednesday night, scoring one and providing a couple of assists.
Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring early doors for the hosts, but the visitors then found their feet and threatened to get on the scoresheet themselves.
However, after the break, the Gunners clicked and gradually overcame their opponents, with Ozil teeing up substitute Olivier Giroud on 68 minutes after some silky interplay through the penalty area.
Almost immediately, Arsenal found themselves 2-0 up, with Ozil setting up Alexis Sanchez, who volleyed home with aplomb from eight yards out…
After laying two on a plate for his teammates, Ozil then got the goal his display so abundantly warranted on 72 minutes via a controlled finish past Jonas Lossl in the Terriers’ goal.
Giroud would get his second of the same late on, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Ozil, with the 29-year-old’s silken form catapulting the Gunners back into the top four.
Arsene Wenger was, unsurprisingly, rather pleased with the performance of his prized playmaker, saying:
Nobody has to convince us he’s a great football player.
Everybody knows in the stadium he’s a great football player, but at the moment as well he shows he can fight.
When you look at the percentage of possession during a game, no matter what the game is, he always wants the ball. He never hides, he’s always available.
One wonders, however, if Ozil will still be at the Emirates come the start of next season, or even next February.