By Felix Law.
As Arsenal beat Bulgarian champions Ludogorets 6-0 at the Emirates last night one player who left the field with his shoulders high is no one but Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil who scored three of Arsenal’s six on the night. Arsenal are joint top on seven points with Unai Emey’s PSG after recording two wins and a draw although they have a better goal difference than the French side.
Ozil has been effective this season combining well with fellow attackers Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez yet his form this season was nothing compared with his form last night. The German playmaker scored his first in the first as he superbly controlled Santi Cazorla’s pass to shot past Ludogorets’ goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov who was awful on the night.
For his second, Ozil showed great awareness finding space and time to tap in from a Lucas Perez pass after a disappointing defending from the away side. The German now completed his hat-trick as he volleyed to kill the game off. Such was Ozil and Arsenal’s performance on the night that it is shocking to know that Ludogorets troubled Arsenal’s defence in the first half, asking several questions and matching them before collapsing after conceding the first goal.
This season, Ozil has created 23 chances scoring six goals in all competitions which is only two short of the eight he scored last season. On the night, the former Werder Bremen player had three shots on target which he ended up in the back of the net, played three through-balls, creating two chances, registering six crosses and an assist.
Ozil was a class above every other player on the pitch showing fans the reason he cost the North London club £40 million in 2013 summer from Real Madrid. Though his defensive ability is still questionable, Mesut Ozil judging from his performance last night was world class as he mesmerised the opposition defence making them look so ordinary and out of place.
This was Ozil’s first professional career hat-trick with his last coming over a decade ago during his time with Schalke 04’s U-19 side. Arsenal fans will pray he continues his impressive form in the Premier League as Arsenal who sit joint top on 19 points with Manchester City welcome Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough to the Emirates this weekend. On their part, Arsenal for the first time in five years have reached the first half of the group stage in the Champions League (three group stage games) without recording a single defeat which shows the quality of the present side.
For now, Mesut Ozil and Arsenal are flying high in all competitions but whether such form will last until the end of the season is a question for another day.