Martin Keown has questioned whether Ozil is playing for a move after his improved performance against Everton.
Ozil put in his best performance of the season so far during Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Everton on Sunday. His headed goal gave Arsenal the lead after they fell behind to an early Wayne Rooney goal. He then set-up Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal’s third goal of the day.
Overall, Ozil created nine chances in the game, which is the most any player has managed in the Premier League so far. His performance was so good that even Martin Keown, his harshest critic, couldn’t find anything to fault him on.
“I’ve been very critical of Ozil and I think rightly so,” Keown said on Match of the Day 2, reports the Metro. “He’s suddenly turned up [at Everton] and was running with purpose and energy.
“He hasn’t been closing people down but he did that today – he showed his class. His vision and calmness on the ball was superb. He showed a willingness to get forward, he was playing with a different head on today. Is he playing for a move? Who knows? Who cares?”
In the end, an Ozil that is playing well is of huge benefit to Arsenal. The reason why isn’t as important. He’s been linked with a move away from the club in the January transfer window after Arsene Wenger refused to rule out the possibility.
Should he remain at the club, there would still be a strong chance of him leaving when his contract expires in the summer. Whatever his situation, Arsenal need him in good form if they want to return to the Champions League next season.
A goal and an assist against Everton is an encouraging sign. With any luck, he’ll put in another good performance against Swansea on Saturday.