Arsenal have demonstrated many traits this season… defensive cohesion (aside from slip-ups at Manchester City and, most recently, Liverpool), team spirit - fostered by affable characters such as Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny and bounce-back-ability, as highlighted by their ten-game unbeaten run between the City and 'Pool thrashings.
Per Mertesacker is largely regarded to be an emerging Gunners hero due to his enthusiasm and fist-bumping glee when Arsenal return a goal, while Theo Walcott too booked himself into North London fame/infamy for his notorious signing to the away-end during a recent home clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Now Piers Morgan wants the club's £42.4m record purchase to follow the lead of his international team-mate Mertesacker by showing 'heart', his willingness to leave it all on the field in the battle for points.
Ozil, who by his own high standards was poor during the 5-1 humbling against Liverpool, will likely start for Arsene Wenger against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on match-week 26 of the Premier League football calendar this evening, February 12 and, should they defeat the visitors, they will reclaim top spot in the division after Chelsea failed to oversee West Bromwich Albion.
Morgan was no doubt an interested observer in The Hawthorns match but Hazard, who was a hat-trick hero against Newcastle United, appeared shackled by the Baggies' defence. As Here Is The City note in the player ratings, Hazard failed to register a single shot on goal and did not produce his first key chance until 20 minutes in.
Hazard's inability to build on his Magpies performance prompted this comment from Piers…
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