A win for Arsenal against Chelsea would not only have been great for the club's fans to see them at the top of the table again, but it would have helped them silence their doubters.
Even more so had it been Mesut Ozil who fired the Gunners to victory, who could have rammed the comments about him from Michael Owen last week right back at him.
Last week the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker had this to say on website SportLobster:
“It is against the big boys where I think they could struggle as, in my opinion, they don't have the class of player to go toe to toe with the main title contenders. Despite people constantly telling me that Mesut Ozil is world class, his inconsistency means that we only see occasional glimpses of real quality. His odd good performance is usually followed by half a dozen poor ones.”
Against Chelsea, German international Mesut Ozil was well marshalled by the away side, again failing to show his best form.
Quizzed on Twitter after the game about his view of Ozil's performance, Owen smugly had this to say:
Arsene Wenger spoke to defend his record signing ahead of the game to state that he is still adjusting to the Premier League, and last night the £42m man had to face a team led by a coach in Jose Mourinho who knows his game front to back having managed him for the past three seasons.
Ozil completed 86 per cent of his passes, and created one goalscoring opportunity, but his two shots landed off target.
It certainly wasn't a performance he will remember fondly, but he doesn't deserve to be singled out either as there were several players who didn't play to their potential including Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.
Ozil will come good in key games, he is too good not to let his class show, and it well could be a match winning performance from the German in Arsenal's next fixture, against Newcastle - one of Owen's former clubs.
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