Ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger insisted that the £42.5 million he paid for Mesut Ozil was justified.
Arsenal broke their transfer record last summer when they signed the Germany international playmaker from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, the 25-year-old’s recent poor displays had raised questions on whether the Gunners should have paid that much money for him.
But Wenger insisted that it was money well spent and was quoted by The Telegraph as saying: ‘You expect the team to play well and not to put the responsibility on any one player to be a magician that does not exist any more in the modern game. Remember, Ozil did not pay the £42million himself. I would pay the money again’.
On Saturday, Ozil justified Wenger’s faith in him by putting in a great performance to lead Arsenal to a 3-0 win at Villa Park.
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It was the former Werder Bremen star who opened the scoring on 32 minutes after collecting a Danny Welbeck through-ball.
Then just two minutes later it was Ozil’s delivery that Welbeck turned home to score his first goal for Arsenal since joining them from Manchester United on transfer deadline day (click here to read more).
Playing down the middle instead out wide, Ozil enjoyed his game and could have scored his second four minutes before the half-time interval.
Ozil, who was recently criticised for his apparent lack of stamina (click here to read more), showed his brilliance in the second half as well, and played for the entire 90 minutes.
On Saturday, one of the world’s best playmakers was on song. Maybe, just maybe, Ozil has got his mojo back.