Before the game between Arsenal and Sunderland this afternoon much of the speculation revolved around the potential for Arsenal fans to see their new record signing play for the first time since his deadline day arrival from Real Madrid for a fee of £42.5 million.
But this morning it seemed that dream was dead with reports that Ozil would miss the game after picking up some sort of mystery bug along with Per Mertesacker on international duty with the German national team in the Faeroe Islands.
However, at about 1.55 on Sky Sports News Arsene Wenger popped up on the screen and enthusiastically enthused that Ozil was indeed fit to start the game - and lucky as well, considering Santi Cazorla was out with an ankle knock picked up in midweek.
How has he done in the first half?
Well, so good it had a Sunderland player asking to swap shirts with him at half-time.
He assisted Olivier Giroud for the goal - showcasing his trademark ability to lay the ball on the plate for goalscorer’s that saw him create as many chances as Lionel Messi in the past two years.
The culprit was Sunderland defender Modibo Diakite - signed from Lazio this summer and now surely about to feel the wrath of Paulo Di Canio.
Ozil simply laughed at the suggestion, almost modestly.
Of course Arsenal fans know how it feels for one of their own to swap shirts at half-time - remember Andre Santos trying to do something similar with Robin Van Persie about this time last year?
They were pretty furious then, and the Sunderland fans are not going to be much happier - despite the excellence of Ozil’s first half display.
It seems Diakite didn’t notice, or saw the light-heated side of the episode - as the Frenchman made it out for the second half of the game - but regardless of the brilliance of Ozil, this was still an error of Diakite’s part. That is for sure.
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