Danny Murphy: This exceptional player makes the difference for Arsenal
By Harry Sykes
Mesut Ozil was the standout player for BBC pundit Danny Murphy in Arsenal’s victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Ozil didn’t score or provide an assist in the comprehensive 4-0 win, but it was his vision and overall play that Murphy was impressed by.
“They missed him [Ozil] for a few games and he made a real difference today,” Murphy said on Match of the Day.
“He was exceptional in crucial areas of the pitch and he makes the right decision nine times out of ten.
“I know a lot of people say he doesn’t turn up in the big games, but he was back today and Arsenal are a better team when he’s in it.”
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Stan Collymore had criticisied Ozil after Arsenals’ 2-1 defeat to Man City at the Etihad, saying, “Where is Mesut Ozil? Where is Ozil during the big games. Against Ludogorets a hat-trick, in those kinds of games he is a flat track bully.”
In 24 appearances, Ozil has scored nine goals this season and provided seven assists. Four of his goals have come in the Champions League, with a hat-trick against Ludogorets.
Ozil has made 141 appearances in total for Arsenal since his £40million transfer from Real Madrid in 2013.
Fans are waiting for him to sign a contract extension, with his current one set to expire in the summer of 2018.
Ozil has said that he’s waiting to see what happens with manager Arsene Wenger, whose own contract is up this summer, before he makes a decision on his long-term future.
In other Arsenal news, fans have reacted on Twitter after Alex Iwobi wreaked havoc on the Swansea defence.