Arsenal's silky trequartista inspired his side to a 3-0 win over Newcastle United but must do more to impress former Manchester United and Liverpool stars.
Arsenal brushed Newcastle United aside with a 3-0 score at the Emirates Stadium earlier this evening, Monday, with strong performances from a number of players (see player ratings) to take command in the race for fourth place as the victory creates a four-point cushion between themselves and fifth place Everton.
Commenting after the win, midfielder Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports that: "This was a good win. We had most of the chances and the possession."
He added: "We needed this and we're pleased with the performance. The first goal was important to break them down, we then opened them up, created chances and this was a massive result [in the complexion of the Premier League table]."
Arteta had Mesut Ozil standing next to him ready to receive the man of the match award and the Spaniard explained that it was good for the team to have their playmaker fully fit.
"It's important… he's been injured so we're pleased to have people like him back in the team. We want to finish on a high with the FA Cup final. We have a massive chance at home to secure fourth place. We won't take any chances."
|Match||Mins/ Touch||Pass Acc||Dribbles||Chances||Assists||Goals||Mins|
|Ozil||Arsenal v Newcastle||1.07||94.00||8||6||1||1||74|
The above data table demonstrates some of Ozil's most significant contributions during his 74 minute performance versus the Magpies. He received a touch of the football once every 1.07 minutes, he enjoyed a 94% passing accuracy and, with those passes, produced six chances and an assist. His directness was at times underlined with his eight dribble attempts and, to top off his display, he also returned a goal.
The Sky Sports analysts remain unconvinced, though, as former Manchester United captain Gary Neville acknowledged his class, but only summed up his outing on Monday as "okay".
He said: "I think he did… okay. He's got class, he has got class. He showed some good touches, but at times he needs that striker to run through. The more he has players to run through the more he'll serve them. He is efficient. He uses the ball well in the final third and he picks out his team-mates well but he struggled in that middle part of the season [during the cumulative injuries of Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott]."
Former Liverpool centre back Jamie Carragher added: "He lacks that power and pace but he's neat and tidy."