Mesut Ozil's performance vs Chelsea
paininthearsenal's Andrew Dowdeswell looks into Ozil's impact during the Chelsea clash
"The result doesn’t really matter. It was nice that Arsenal were able to score and then win on penalties, scoring all of theirs in the shootout, but it will have no effect on the season to come. What is far more important is the relative sharpness of the players, especially those who played the full 90 minutes, and few looked sharper than Mesut Ozil.
"His influence was lacking in the early stages, resigned the peripheries of the match, but as Arsenal were better able to play the ball from deeper areas and into midfield, and as Ozil realised the need for him to drift in from his right-wing position and collect the ball in other areas of the pitch, it grew and grew and grew.
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"By the end of the match, Ozil was at the heart of everything. The waves of Arsenal attacks often flowed through him and his passing, as he dropped into midfield, turned with the ball at his feet and looked to pierce the Chelsea defence with threatening through-passes and accurate, whipped-in crosses.
"More than his passing, his chance-creation and his overall influence on the game, it was most pleasing to simply see Ozil looking fit and ready for the season ahead. Like him or loathe him, he will be pivotal to Arsenal’s fate."
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