Former Tottenham star: How Mesut Ozil got Arsenal out of jail in derby
Jermaine Jenas heaps praise on Mesut Ozil for his role in Arsenal's equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur
Jermaine Jenas has highlighted how Mesut Ozil got Arsenal out of jail in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at The Emirates.
The Gunners appeared to be heading for their first defeat in five Premier League games after Spurs striker Harry Kane gave the visitors a first-half lead.
His magic touch was still able to rescue Arsenal from what would have been a very bad defeat
However, Ozil managed to pick out substitute Kieran Gibbs for Arsenal’s equaliser with a perfect cross before the left-back prodded a finish past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Former Tottenham vice-captain Jenas was full of appreciation for the Germany international’s impact from set-pieces after Olivier Giroud missed a couple of headers in the derby.
Jenas told BBC Sport: “I would not even say Ozil had a particularly good game but he got his side out of jail with his cross for Kieran Gibbs’ equaliser.
“Ozil had already provided two balls from a free-kick and a corner that Olivier Giroud should have scored from – he hit the bar with his first header and sent the second one wide.
“Tottenham knew how dangerous he was because they stopped him from getting on the ball in open play until the final 15 minutes, but his magic touch was still able to rescue Arsenal from what would have been a very bad defeat.”
Ozil set a new Premier League record after he made an assist for the sixth successive top-flight games.
The Arsenal club-record signing has scored one goal and has made 10 assists in 11 Premier League games this season.
The Gunners are level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.