Unai Emery is finally seeing the best of Mesut Ozil.
The Germany international turned in an exceptional performance against Newcastle United on Monday, despite his seemingly limited role.
Emery was delighted with Ozil after the game, as the Gunners leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur into third after a 2-0 victory.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, he said: “I like how every player is playing and Mesut with his quality is helping us and giving us his work.
“Also individual moments and skills, he has the capacity to help us.”
Ozil has been in and out of the Gunners team this campaign, playing 90 minutes just once in his last seven games, and was dropped to the substitutes’ bench against Bournemouth back in November, with Emery suggesting the fixture was too ‘demanding’ for the 2014 World Cup winner.
Against the Magpies, though, he was deployed in an attacking midfield role alongside Alex Iwobi and, while he did not complete a dribble, Ozil was remarkably effective.
He had 83 touches of the ball, per Whoscored, and attempted 71 passes, completing 63, of which two were key.
All three of his corners were also accurate and, though he did not make a tackle or win an aerial duel, his role ensured that he could change the game from a deeper position.
Emery now has another genuine attacking weapon at his disposal at the club as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Ozil, at his best, is undoubtedly the club’s finest player and they will need him to maintain this form if the club are to finish in the top four in May.