Mesut Ozil had his best game for Arsenal on Saturday. The Germany international scored a goal, provided an assist and created two chances against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The 25-year-old played for the entire 90 minutes and was the best player on the pitch, as the Gunners eased to a 3-0 win in the Premier League game.
One of the main reasons for Ozil’s brilliant performance against the Villans was Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger playing him down the middle in attacking midfield. In previous games, the former Real Madrid star had been tucked out wide on the left.
Why did it take so long for Wenger to hand Ozil the role he is best at?
‘In the middle’, the Frenchman told reporters when asked where Ozil prefers to play. ‘But I can find you 10 more players in my squad who want to play in the middle’.
Arsenal have one of the most talented and quality-laden attacking midfield in the Premier League. Competition is fierce at Arsenal in that particular department and it is not always easy to get the balance right.
Perhaps that is what Wenger has been trying to do over the past few weeks: deploy Ozil on the wing and see how he performs, while giving other attacking players the space to play.
Ozil failed out wide but turned on the style in a central role. That is the best way forward for Arsenal.