Martin Keown downplays the importance of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal title fight

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The former defender says Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny are just as important.

Arsenal's recent form in the Premier League has been brilliant and they were unlucky not to go top of the table prior to the international break after a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby.

They equalised in that game thanks to a strike from Kieran Gibbs at the far-post off yet another assist from German attacker Mesut Ozil.

He has been in great form recently and it was his sixth assist in a row.

But despite the importance of Ozil right now one former Arsenal man has made it clear that it is not all about the German.

He has made it clear that the importance of Ozil in attack is only as important as the performances of Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny in defence.

He wrote in the Daily Mail this week:

"The way Arsenal attack and play football is key to all their success – that’s their brand, attacking football. Ozil getting all these assists is very key to that, but just as important is the number of tackles Francis Coquelin might make, or the number of clearances and blocks Laurent Koscielny might make.

"You have to demonstrate both sides of the game and I feel Arsenal are at a crossroads. From a physical point of view, they should have been able to outscrap Tottenham last weekend. And from a footballing aspect, they should have been able to cope better with Bayern Munich.

"We’ve seen them outbattled and outplayed in the space of a week, and this tells me there needs to be a better balance in both areas. The team that finds that balance will win the Premier League."

Of course Ozil's form has been fantastic but Arsenal must make sure the team is balanced in order to continue their title fight this term.

Arsenal are definitely in the hunt but Ozil will not be the difference between success and failure - that comes from the whole team.

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