The stat which showed Mesut Ozil's determination against Tottenham

Arsenal star dug in against Spurs in the 1-1 draw.

Mesut Ozil's start to the season has seen him cop plenty of flak, but in the North London derby he was one of Arsenal's better players.

While the German could not win the game for his club, his commitment off the ball showed he is making real steps to address criticism directed at him.

Ozil won the ball back for his side more than any other Arsenal player, helping the Gunners hold 69 per cent of possession.

  MatchMatchdayPosBall Recoveries
Mesut Özil Arsenal vs Spurs 06 MF 6
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal vs Spurs 06 DF 5
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal vs Spurs 06 MF 5
Jack Wilshere Arsenal vs Spurs 06 MF 5
Mikel Arteta Arsenal vs Spurs 06 MF 4
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal vs Spurs 06 MF 4
Calum Chambers Arsenal vs Spurs 06 DF 4
Per Mertesacker Arsenal vs Spurs 06 DF 3
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal vs Spurs 06 MF 3

A lot of the harsh words for Ozil have been fair on previous occasions, for example against Dortmund he managed only three passes in the final third of the pitch.

Yet the derby showed he is attempting to re-dress that and work on his game, by applying pressure on the opposition from the front.

It's perhaps logical he would be able to lift himself for the derby, and now the World Cup winner will have to ensure he can keep up his work rate over the coming games, particularly away to Chelsea this weekend, a game he missed through injury last season.

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