Rumours of Mesut Ozil's demise appear to have been somewhat premature, as the German play-maker put in an impressive performance for Arsenal in their 4-1 victory over Everton on Saturday.
The Gunners needed a victory in the quarter-final of the FA Cup to ease the worry gathering around the more pessimistic sorts at the Emirates Stadium. After all, a season that had started so blisteringly well was beginning to look as though it could suffer from the now infamous March curse.
But instead, Arsene Wenger's men go into the second-leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Bayern Munich in a brighter mood, with Ozil back to his creative best and Olivier Giroud fresh off the back of a brace.
Ozil opened the scoring for Arsenal in the seventh minute, the former Real Madrid man steering the ball home after good play from Santi Cazorla. The German would later provide an assist of his own, setting up Giroud for his second, and his all-round play was much improved after his much-discussed dip in form in recent weeks.
Ozil had a quite remarkable 90% pass-completion rate. He also played five key-passes to set up goal-scoring chances for his teammates, and defensively he made one tackle and one interception.
In short, he played very well indeed. And after the match we took to Twitter to see what the Arsenal faithful thought of his performance.
It may be a tad early to say Ozil is well and truly back to his best, but he is certainly far from his worst. And if he can inspire Arsenal to a win in the Allianz Arena, then no one will be able to deny his importance to his team.
You can read a selection of the tweets below:
Mesut Ozil is pure class.— Jaady (@jaady_will) March 8, 2014
Thought Mesut Ozil was very good today, man of the match completely deserved— Everything AFC (@fortheArsenal) March 8, 2014
Lot of energy and skill in @MesutOzil1088 game today. Very impressive— Fadilah Alfazrin (@FAlfazrin) March 8, 2014
Oh Mesut Ozil you beautiful man. Well done Joachim Lowe for giving him the kick up the back side— Juicy Biring (@Jazzotelli) March 8, 2014
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