Sitting in the Clock End to witness Mesut Özil’s stellar performance against CSKA Moscow on Thursday night was a real privilege. Rarely do I come away from a game in awe at what I’ve seen, but his performance was up there with his top ones for Arsenal and any individual display I’ve seen from a player live.
He certainly has divided opinion in the past but his performances in a very underwhelming season have actually been one of the rare positives and him signing a contract is absolutely huge to the next few years at Emirates Stadium, both in terms of player pull and his crucial role in this team. The German completed 80 passes, had 102 touches, 5 key passes and 2 assists in one of the best performances from his time in N5.
He gets unfairly criticised for “not tracking back” or “not caring” but when he plays the way he did last night I couldn’t give a fuck if people get annoyed at that, his ability to spot and play passes that no one can see, to control the tempo was majorly impressive last night. He produced a stunning pass for Aaron Ramsey’s exceptional goal and made some delightful touches, one in particular, where he plucked the ball out of the sky under pressure from the CSKA full-back, that epitomising his exquisite performance.
His Movement, quality of pass, vision was just top class, everything about him oozed class on the night and his style combines well with double goalscorers Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey, the interchanging and the movement was well worth the entrance fee alone, it was just a shame Arsenal didn’t score more.
I have rarely felt an attachment to a player like I do with Mesut, he is just an incredible player to watch and when he plays like he did last night, it’s so important that we have him tied down until 2021, if we build a team around him and Aaron Ramsey, there is so much to look forward to in the future.