Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has praised Mesut Ozil for his performance in a 4-0 win for the Gunners over Newcastle United yesterday (Football London).
The ex-Germany international scored his first goal of the 2019/20 campaign during the comfortable victory.
After a first-half that saw Arsenal struggle to get into the game, the half-time team-talk worked wonders and the Gunners were rampant during the second period.
Keown spent 13 years at Arsenal in total and he thought Ozil deserved credit for his performance.
He told Football London: “Ozil’s movement was really important. He was magnificent and had much more purpose in his play.
“When he plays like that he gets his reward. He was fortunate with the finish but he deserved that goal.”
Ozil has played in every game under Arteta and is reaping the rewards of playing for a manager who clearly trusts him.
The man with 92 caps for his country left the field to a standing ovation from the Arsenal faithful yesterday.
Keown believes things are starting to click for the playmaker.
He continued: “He’s playing centrally, he wants to be that player who threads things together and it’s going really well for him.”
In recent years Ozil has drawn criticism from the Arsenal supporters. His £350,000-a-week wage has often been used as a sizeable stick to beat him with.
As a result, his form has been inconsistent. The work ethic is currently there with Ozil, however, and he is seemingly determined to get back to his best.
Yesterday he was solid, floating around the park and linking things up nicely with Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The £42.4 million signing (BBC) has had his fair share of critique but it looks like he is back in the good books among Arsenal supporters.
If he can find consistency then Arsenal can’t be ruled out of contention for European qualification just yet.