The Germany international, who missed three months due to a knee injury this season, made six successful dribbles, registered three shots on goal and completed 84 per cent of his passes.
Nicholas was heavily critical of Ozil following Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat in the first leg, but the former Gunner praised the £42.5m signing despite the north London side’s Champions League exit.
Nicholas told Sky Sports: “I’m very critical of a lot of the players a lot of the time because I think it’s justified but tonight I thought Mesut Ozil was magnificent. The best I’ve seen him.
“He was working his socks off. Everybody tried and everybody gave their very best but they punished themselves. They beat themselves again.”
Arsenal made a good start at Stade Louis II after Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock against the Ligue 1 side in the 35th minute.
Arsene Wenger replaced Francis Coquelin with Aaron Ramsey midway through the second half, and the Wales international scored the away side’s second strike.
However, Arsenal couldn’t find a late third goal, meaning the north Londoners crashed out of the competition at the last-16 stage for the fifth successive season.
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