What a difference a day makes.
Arsenal's club-record purchase Mesut Ozil, a £42.4 million signing from Real Madrid last year and a player likened to Dennis Bergkamp not just due to his close control but also because of how the German is expected to usher in a new Gunners era, flopped against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in the middle of the week but was back to his sensational best versus Aston Villa on Saturday.
Against Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park, Ozil received the worst rating by Sport-BILD and received continent-wide censure for his anonymous display on the right flank of Arsene Wenger's attack.
However, just four days later he made an argument to be man of the match as he scored Arsenal's opener and assisted the second just three minutes later. The potential of the playmaker's partnership with Danny Welbeck has particularly excited Wenger: "That [was] the positive of the day," reflected the Frenchman on the club's official website. "When they played close to each other, they combined well, with pace, and that was very interesting for us."
Ozil's "gala" and "inspired" performance got the attention of Sport-BILD, the same publication who had vehemently criticised the attacker just days earlier.
"Ozil has yet to establish himself in his first five official matches (406 minutes of play) for Arsenal this season, with no direct influence on the scoreline (assists or goals)," reported Sport-BILD. "After his weak performance at 2-0 loss against Dortmund, he had been lambasted by Michael Ballack."
The former Germany international called Ozil "invisible".
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Against Dortmund, he contributed very little - with just three passes in the final third underlining how ineffective he was in attempting to assist his fellow Guns, however, by the time the weekend rolled around Ozil was firing on all cylinders.
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One superb display against Villa, though, does not detract away from a succession of sub-standard performances and if Ozil wants to make even the critics from his homeland eat their words then the greatest attribute he must work on throughout the season has to be one area that cannot be summarised by data tables - consistency.