128 touches, 5 key passes: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil dazzles in victory over Sunderland

Arsenal defeated Premier League opponents Sunderland 3-1 at the Emirates.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil was in scintillating form as his side overcame their injury plight to defeat a decent Sunderland side 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners headed into the encounter with as many as ten first-team members missing, including star player Alexis Sanchez who suffered a hamstring strain in the draw at Norwich.

The burden has fallen on Ozil to step up and drive Arsenal on, and he did just that as Arsene Wenger’s men recorded a morale-boosting win over the Black Cats,

  TouchesAccurate PassesKey PassesShotsTake-onsBall RecoveriesDef Duels WonMins Played
Mesut Özil 128 85 5 1 3 3 10 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the German World Cup winner was heavily involved throughout as he contributed greatly in a number of key areas.

The former Real Madrid man was at his creative best in possession, taking a whopping 128 touches, completing 85 accurate passes and creating five chances for his teammates via key passes.

Furthermore, Ozil’s impressive performance was also as a result of the defensive shift he put in when the Gunners were under pressure - posting three ball recoveries and ten defensive duels won.

Goals from Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey handed the hosts all three points but they had to work extremely hard for them against a spirited Sunderland side.

The Black Cats have improved immensely under boss Sam Allardyce, and they arrived in North London intent on giving the hosts a game by pushing forward in numbers when given the opportunity.

On another day it could have been a different result, considering the chances Sunderland had, yet Arsene Wenger will be delighted to come through unscathed and without further injury problems.

The victory takes Arsenal back up to second in the table, two points behind leaders Leicester City.

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