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Mesut Ozil Masterclass Captures The Imagination In North London Derby

Mesut Ozil Masterclass Captures The Imagination In North London Derby
By Arthur James O'Dea

Ahead of this afternoon's North London derby, much of the excitement for Arsenal fans was centred on the front three Arsene Wenger had selected.

In Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, Arsenal had the potential to unnerve a Spurs side that was sitting four points ahead of their rivals before kick-off - and unnerve them they did.

From the off, Arsenal were moving with the sort of fluidity that tends to draw the inevitable comparisons between this and Wenger's teams of old.

By half-time, they had established a 2-0 lead, and, while Spurs still appeared menacing at times, Arsenal's dominance suggested that if the visitors did pull one back, they would exact a quick response in kind.

'At it' in the most thrilling sense of the word, the effect of their attacking trio enabled the much-maligned Mesut Ozil a platform on which to excel.

Setting up Shkodran Mustafi's opener with a well-weighted free, Ozil's level of industry was what perhaps set his efforts apart today - he seemed to be everywhere.

With Arsenal now within a point of Spurs, Ozil's far more rounded contribution did not go unnoticed.

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Named man of the match in recognition of his efforts, some have begun speculating that the closeness of the transfer window - and a potential reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United - may have influenced Ozil's uncharacteristic exuberance today however.

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