Mesut Ozil put on another masterclass against Liverpool.

The difference this time, however, is that because of who it was against people in the media who have spent the past 18 months slating him without, apparently, ever watching him play, were singing his praises.

Spending three months on the sidelines with a knee injury, the World Cup winner has been on fire since his return and has even added some goals to his game, the latest a spectacular freekick at during Saturday’s rout.

Working hard to bulk up when he was injured, Ozil has admitted that he knows talent alone won’t be enough to success in this league and Wenger acknowledged the effort he has been putting in.

“He is sometimes criticised because of his physical challenges, but I believe he’s on the way, and he’s improving on that at the moment. He makes a big effort to be disciplined and work hard for the team.

Four goals in five assists in 15 appearances in the league this season doesn’t come close to telling the whole story of Ozil.

Drifting around the pitch like a silent assassin, his movement is so subtle, yet effective, that it improves the entire team without many people even realising what he’s doing.

One of the hardest working players in the side, he covers the entire pitch and with 2.47 key passes per 90 inutes, he has more than any other Arsenal player this season (stat via Squawka).