Unai Emery raves about Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester
The Arsenal manager heaps praise on Mesut Ozil for his performance in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Leicester on Monday night
Unai Emery praised Mesut Ozil for his committed performance in Arsenal’s 3-1 comeback win against Leicester City on Monday night.
The Gunners managed to maintain their winning run in the Premier League despite Hector Bellerin’s own goal in the 31st minute at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal responded on the stroke of half-time when Mesut Ozil scored his third Premier League goal of the season to restore parity after a disappointing opening half hour from the Gunners.
Having built a reputation for being something of an assist king during his spells at Real Madrid and Arsenal, Ozil was still without an assist after 557 minute of Premier League football at half-time on Monday night.
However, Ozil ended his assist drought a mere 18 minutes into the second half when he teed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to edge Arsenal into a slender lead.
While the retired Germany international didn’t get credited with a second assist of the night for Aubameyang’s second goal, Ozil did play a role in the final goal.
Speaking to BBC Sport about Arsenal and Ozil’s performance in a 3-1 win against Leicester, Emery was quick to lavish praise on the World Cup winner for his performance.
“Each match and training Mesut Ozil’s commitment is very good. The players are working and helping each other,” Emery said.
“Today [Monday night] the performance of the team and also with Mesut was very good.
“A good result and good goals – the team was only missing the first 30 minutes. We look at Leicester, they are a very good team.”
Ozil moved to Arsenal in a then club record £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.
However, the German playmaker hasn’t won the Premier League title during his five seasons at Arsenal. In fact, the Gunners haven’t come close to ending their title drought.
Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester moved Emery’s side level on points with third-placed Chelsea FC after nine games.
The Gunners are two points behind the leading pack despite losing to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two games of the campaign.
Arsenal will take on Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Arsenal’s next six Premier League fixtures
28 October 2018: Crystal Palace v Arsenal
3 November 2018: Arsenal v Liverpool FC
11 November 2018: Arsenal v Wolves
25 November 2018: Bournemouth v Arsenal
2 December 2018: Arsenal v Tottenham
5 December 2018: Man United v Arsenal