Ozil pulls strings as Arsenal dispatch Leicester

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

IT took them half an hour to remember they were in a game, but Arsenal were monstrous thereafter, taking Leicester apart with three gorgeous goals.

They have now won 10 games in a row, and sit in fifth place, four points off the lead; Leicester stay 11th.

Leicester started the game superbly, with James Maddison bossing midfield and Kelechi Iheanacho giving Rob Holding all sorts of trouble. But they spurned three decent chances before, on 30 minutes, Ben Chilwell’s shot was deflected past Bernd Leno by Hector Bellerin.

Going behind encouraged Arsenal to run fast and such, and a minute before half-time they equalised, the hitherto anonymous Mesut Ozil’s applying a gorgeous finish to a move that he started.

Arsenal have been level at the break in every match of their winning run, and they returned to the pitch with the intensity of a team who knew. But they were nonetheless lucky to escape before they went ahead, Wilfred Ndidi thunking a header against the bar – but that was all Leicester could manage. On 63 minutes, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished a fine move just two minutes after coming on, and three minutes later, he scored again. But the architect of both goals was Ozil, whose vision and touch were celestial; he deserved the standing ovation that greeted his substitution.

In the time that remained, Arsenal might’ve increased the margin of victory, but they will be more than happy with their night’s work; though things will inevitably slow down, the Emirates is a happy place again. – Eurosport

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