Robbie Savage reacts to Arsenal result; highlights missing ingredient

Arsenal drew 0-0 at Stoke City this weekend in what was a frustrating result for the Gunners.


Robbie Savage feels Arsenal missed the absent Mesut Ozil as Arsene Wenger’s men failed to assert their control and lacked a bit of quality in the final third at Stoke City, the BBC reports.

Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 0-0 draw at Stoke, a game which ebbed and flowed but rarely sparked into action as both teams struggled in the final third.

Olivier Giroud arguably had the visitors’ best two chances of the game, first firing straight at Jack Butland when well positioned before seeing a close-range header saved by the English shot-stopper.

Stoke, on the other hand, played better in the second half and were denied by a fantastic double save from Petr Cech in an otherwise cagey affair which both teams seemed happy ended in a draw.

Arsenal moved back ahead of Leicester City and Manchester City, yet all three points were up for grabs and Savage feels the visitors badly missed the absence of their star player Ozil.

“Just goes to show the importance of Mesut Ozil for Arsenal, he is the person to pick that pass. On the balance of play a draw will be fair,” Savage explained.

"A game of limited chances and Arsenal missed Ozil. Two good goalkeeping displays from Cech and Butland. On a cold day the draw was the correct result."

Ozil has been in wonderful form for the Gunners this season, providing three goals and a whopping 16 assists in 20 Premier League appearances.

The German World Cup winner also boasts a unique Premier League record of having provided at least one assist in seven consecutive top-flight matches; a record previously held by Thierry Henry.

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