Miracles are expected of Mesut Ozil in each game he plays for Arsenal due to his hefty price tag.
The 2-2 draw away to Southampton started off as one of his non-descript performances for the Gunners, but it ended being one of the best, as the German international displayed his battling qualities.
Ozil provided an assist - from his only key pass of the game:
|Name||Team||Goal Assist||Total Att Assist||Pass completion rate %|
The German impressed in other areas, completing more successful dribbles (4) in the contest than he has in any game since joining Arsenal.
|Mesut Özil||Southampton vs Arsenal||23||4|
|Mesut Özil||Sunderland vs Arsenal||04||3|
|Mesut Özil||Arsenal vs Everton||15||3|
|Mesut Özil||Arsenal vs Hull||14||3|
He was by far Arsenal's most composed player in attacking areas, making more passes in the final third of the pitch than any of his teammates by some distance:
|Name||Team||Pos||Successful Final Third Passes|
With Arsenal securing a point which could yet prove vital come the end of the Premier League season, the German's display was praised by fans. Here's how they reacted on Twitter to his performance:
Ozil was brilliant though! Took control when he saw others were incapable. That raises my hope for the bigger games. #AFC— Muizz Rahman (@muizz24) January 29, 2014
Ozil really needed Theo tonight he couldn't find anyone to make a defensive splitting pass to #AFC need a speedy striker— Jamaican-gunner #Ars (@gregrock01) January 28, 2014
Dropped points, Southampton were very good but did anyone notice how good and physical Ozil was today #AFC— VATO (@olamskok) January 28, 2014
Credit to Southampton. Suffocated our midfield. We should count ourselves lucky with a point. And Ozil was immense second half. #AFC— J Ä T (@j1mm7t) January 28, 2014
Ozil showed class tonight. He's very calm and knows exactly what to do with the ball. #Afc— AGEGE BREAD :D (@beebzyrozay) January 28, 2014
This was one of Ozil's best game in an Arsenal shirt... Itz just bad that we didnt take all 3 pts #AFC— JAN 28th---My BDAY (@Ariwa_TripleC) January 28, 2014