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'He's Special' - Mesut Ozil Delivers On A Huge Night For The German

'He's Special' - Mesut Ozil Delivers On A Huge Night For The German
By Arthur James O'Dea

After succumbing to chastening defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, Unai Emery's Arsenal tonight recorded their 10th successive defeat. Falling behind to Leicester City, it fell to Mesut Ozil, the team's captain for the night, to dig them out of a hole.

Needless to say, he did so with some gusto.

In a 3-1 defeat of Claude Puel's side, the German midfielder scored the first, played an exquisite pass through to Hector Bellerin to tee up the second, and deftly fed the ball into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the third.

A well-taken goal to bring Arsenal back level-pegging with Leicester, it also elevated Ozil to #1 in the list of German-scoring Premier League players.

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For some viewers, such intricate passing and clinical finishing looked a little too familiar.

Although Emery's side retained the kind of troubling porousness at the back that proved decisive in their opening two tests of the season, the performance of Mesut Ozil tonight will likely overshadow such concerns - until its probably too late, of course, but that's as much a part of the 'Arsenal' we remember anyway.

Confidently slotting into the captain's armband for the night, any initial reluctance to believe Ozil was capable of carrying such a burden were put to bed throughout the 80-minute shift he put in.

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So regularly a figure of consternation and disappointment, for some fans of the German's work, it was all too much.

With games against Sporting Lisbon (Europa League), Crystal Palace (Premier League) and Blackpool (Carabao Cup) up next for Arsenal, attention will quickly turn to the arrival of Liverpool on November 3.

A game that last season saw Arsene Wenger's side draw 3-3 with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, the relative paucity with which Klopp's men are giving up goals this season suggests Arsenal will be in need of Mesut Ozil to rise to the occasion once more sooner rather than later.

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