Mesut Ozil was roundly hailed after Arsenal’s win over Burnley as the German returned to the side for the Premier League.
Mesut Ozil was named in the starting lineup for a league game for the first time since Wolves on 11 November and was handed the captain’s armband against one of the most physical sides in the league.
Although his stats at the end of the game show no assists or goals, his ball to Sead Kolasinac for Arsenal’s opener was the real key to the goal happening, while he dummied the ball for the second and was involved again in the third.
In addition to that, he completed 94% of his passes (only Nacho Monreal was better and only one Burnley player passed 90% with the majority below 80%) and even won an aerial duel.
Speaking after the game on his Twitter, account, Mesut was pleased to help the team.
— Mesut Özil (@M10) December 22, 2018
“I want every player with a good mentality to help us and give us their characteristics and quality,” Emery said before the game against Burnley.
“We need Mesut Ozil. Every player wants to play. The frustration is the same for everybody when they don’t play in a match.
“But I spoke with him and with regularity in the season, telling him what we need from him and he has the commitment to help us and the quality and the characteristics to help us.”
Mesut certainly responded.
How the papers reacted
A number of the Sunday papers were glowing in their praise of Arsenal’s German.
Here’s a selection of the best bits:
Of course, they saved their biggest headlines for Sean Dyche’s ridiculous comments and this is what most people are talking about today, not Mesut Ozil, or even Dyche’s Orc-like tactics: