Forget Alexis Sanchez, Ozil was Arsenal’s star player in FA Cup semi-final victory

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil was instrumental during his side’s FA Cup semi-final victory.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil had one of his most dominant performances this season as his class prevailed during the Gunners’ 2-1 extra-time FA Cup victory over Reading.

The Gunners headed into the game coming off the back of a fabulous domestic run which consisted of eight successive Premier League victories.

During that period, Arsene Wenger’s men have scored plenty of goals and their season tally has been shared between as many as 15 different players – the most in the Premier League.

As such, they went into the encounter as heavy favourites and it was no surprise to see them overcome their Championship opponents via two goals from Alexis Sanchez, despite being taken to extra-time.

The Chilean superstar will rightfully be remembered as the match-winner, but the real star performer was not the former Barcelona man but instead his attacking teammate Mesut Ozil.

  AssistsShotsKey PassesTouchesAccurate PassesPass Success Rate %Was FouledMins Played
Mesut Ozil 2 3 9 134 114 90.4% 3 120

As per the table above, the German international’s class shone through as time and time again Arsene Wenger’s men picked him out and let him create that spark in the final third.

Aside from assisting both of Sanchez’s goals, the former Real Madrid ace was at his probing best as he created a total of nine chances for his teammates via key passes.

Moreover, Ozil proved to be the busiest player on the pitch as he took a total of 136 touches and recorded a mesmerising 114 passes – 65 more than Sanchez and a whopping 97 more than striker Danny Welbeck.

The 26-year-old has often been picked apart for his failure to turn up for the North Londoners’ big games, but in truth he has been as involved as any during the Gunners’ stunning run to the FA Cup final.

The second semi-final will be contested between Liverpool and Aston Villa, but whichever side come out on top, the Gunners display such attacking talent that they will start the final as favourites.

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