Unfortunately Arsenal’s 2017/18 Europa League fate was settled yesterday despite their 3-1 win at The Emirates. Things seemed to be going well in the first half as Arsenal at that point were in the top four and with the team pulling through to ensure the 3 points were ours a few players did stand out even though the Liverpool result didn’t work in Arsenal’s favour.
One candidate for man of the match was Aaron Ramsey who finally made his recent form tell with a great goal which nestled in the top corner. However the winner was a familiar face. Mesut Ozil. No, this game wasn’t record breaking for Ozil like the Sunderland game which saw him create 12 chances but the German was still on form yesterday.
8 minutes into the game and the pass master began to make his mark on the game. After finding space on the left wing, Ozil really should’ve clocked in another assist as he picked out Danny Welbeck in the six-yard box with a pinpoint pass. With Welbeck failing to put the chance away, the assist couldn’t be credited to Ozil but it was clear that he was the reason for the goal.
After Laurent Koscielny’s red card Ozil continued to shine, dropping into various spots around the pitch to dictate the play. Whether that be controlling the pace of the game from a deeper role at times to slow the game down or intelligently drawing players in before quickly shifting the ball to trick the Everton defenders. This was on show when he finally got that assist after making 4 key passes during the game. Enticing Mason Holgate before somehow manoeuvring the ball around the young defender before setting up Ramsey on the edge of the Everton box.
Since returning to the side in April after that strange spell at the turn of the year, Ozil has been one of Arsenal’s better performers. The Premier League campaign ended in an overall disappointment despite the 3-1 win but the season could end on a high with a win at Wembley next weekend. Hopefully Ozil and the other members of the squad can really show up in the FA Cup Final and maybe replicate that win over Chelsea at the start of the season!