Arsene Wenger liked what he saw from Mesut Ozil at Goodison Park after the Germany international created eight scoring chances for his teammates and helped himself to an assist and a goal.
The World Cup winner’s man-of-the-match performance helped Arsenal to a comfortable 5-2 win over Everton and temporarily dampened the criticism that has been directed at him so far this season.
“I’m impressed [with how he played] but when he is sharp physically like that and at that level of performance, he must enjoy it and of course we as a team enjoy it,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“He can score, he can do what he wants. He has the technical quality, the coordination to score even headers and when he is mobile like that he can get into dangerous areas.
“I think the quality [from the team] was there today and we had all kinds of tests because we were 1-0 down after having started well, so it was a good mental test.
“After that, offensively and defensively, we played very well on the whole and it was good, our quality of passing was good, finishing maybe we could have done a little bit better if you want to be absolutely harsh, but overall we had the quality.”
Ozil’s goal was his 33rd in Arsenal colours and his assist for Alexandre Lacazette his 58th since joining from Real Madrid in 2013. Even Martin Keown, who has been the German’s biggest critic recently, was won over on Match of the Day.
“I’ve been very critical, we’re nine games in and suddenly he’s turned up,” the Invincible noted.
“He knitted everything together. He’s not been closing down. But he has a vision very few players have.
“It was a different head that he played with today. That was a goal with great quality and conviction, he headed it with conviction and I’ve questioned that.”