Lots of Arsenal fans have been lauding Mesut Ozil for his ‘brilliant’ performance against Liverpool, despite the Gunners losing the Carabao Cup clash on penalties.
Ozil featured in Unai Emery’s starting line-up for time first time since the Third Round win over Nottingham Forest when he played at Anfield, having been omitted from the matchday squad on the six occasions across all competitions in between.
The German’s recall sparked a performance one fan has since described as unlocking one of the best defences in the Premier League, after the £350,000-per-week midfielder offered a creative presence the Gunners have lacked ‘for ages’.
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While only being credited with the assist for Arsenal’s fourth of the night, Ozil had a hand in three of the Gunners’ five strikes at Anfield, with his incredible flick feeding Bukayo Saka before playing a hand in Lucas Torreira’s equaliser and a later quick free-kick to Ainsley Maitland-Niles creating Gabriel Martinelli’s first.
The 6 foot playmaker was clearly not short of confidence following his lengthy spell out of the side, as he completed 94% of his 36 passes – more than any other Arsenal player.
Emery hooked the 31-year-old in the 65th-minute, though, and later insisted the decision came as part of a pre-arranged strategy but could offer Ozil another outing against Wolves at the weekend.
Here are some of the messages shared on Ozil’s performance at Anfield…
I genuinely don’t understand what Ozil has to do.
Best player on the pitch by a mile and still gets taken off like what’s the point of trying
— Bowlesy (@AFCBowlesy) October 30, 2019
Ozil showed how good he was tonight and emery didn’t like. It one bit, get him out now before wolves smash us Saturday 5
— AFC TILL I DIE (@JamesJo89587516) October 30, 2019
Ozil is joy. Joy is the reason I watch football.
— AFC Ramble (@afc_ramble) October 30, 2019
That performance from Ozil was just his standard performance but we loved it because we haven’t see creativity in the side like this for ages. Hope he plays more now. #afc
— Bilz. (@potent_prophet) October 30, 2019
Actually loved watching Ozil earlier
— Tierney 💎 (@Tierney_AFC) October 31, 2019
— zedthegoon (@zedthegoon) October 31, 2019
Ozil is the best number 10 in the world! 🔥 #afc
— King of the Ozone. (@AldiRinaldiR) October 31, 2019
Ozil basically links our play and passes forward or looks fir forward pass.
Everyone else looks sideways. #afc
— robdagooner (@RobWoodfin1) October 31, 2019
I’ve been critical at times but Ozil was brilliant last night. Never doubted his ability just sometimes feel he has alot more to offer. HAS to start Saturday. Let Guendouzi & Torreira sit which allows Ozil to do what he can do! #AFC #COYG
— MikeAFC (@MikeAFC4) October 31, 2019