Wednesday 28 June 2017

Mesut Ozil focus

Mesut Ozil was back in action for Arsenal following a sickness bug
Mesut Ozil was back in action for Arsenal following a sickness bug

Mesut Ozil came off the bench early in the first half and impressed as he returned from illness to help Arsenal reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 victory over Lincoln.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at his performance.

POSITIONING

Despite his relaxed style of play, Ozil has always manged to find himself in the right position in attacking areas and there is no hiding from the fact that there is more fluency to Arsenal's play when he is in the starting line-up. He made the right passes when needed and controlled possession due to his intelligent movement. Ozil provided an outlet for his fellow midfielders and pulled the strings from his introduction until the final whistle.

PASSING

One of Ozil's strengths is his ability to create openings with his passing but he looked like a player running short on match-fitness during the early stages of the game. Having missed Arsenal's last three games with a sickness bug, the German almost fortuitously opened the scoring with a cross from the right flank which Imps goalkeeper Paul Farman managed to tip out wide.

INFLUENCE

Ozil's 19 assists in the Premier League last season is proof that Arsenal are a better side with him in the side. Lincoln's midfield failed to track his movement as his creative spark kept the visitors on the back foot for the majority of the tie. The 28-year-old was instrumental in most of Arsenal's goals and almost got on the scoresheet on two occasions.

OVERALL

Ozil added a different spark to Arsenal's game, something Arsene Wenger's men have lacked in defeats against Liverpool and Bayern Munich. He played with poise and was accurate with most, if not all, of his passes. Although he will face tougher opposition in the next few weeks, Ozil will need to repeat this type of performance if Arsenal are to finish in the top four and win a third FA Cup in four years.

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