Mesut Ozil on Form for Arsenal Debut

Was Mesut Ozil wearing “magic” boots, asked Paolo Di Canio.

“He was lucky, every touch was good! We will all have to check, they were like a glove. He is a rather good player.”

Goal assist No.73 in the last five seasons – no player in Europe’s top five leagues has set up as many – arrived to help Olivier Giroud open the scoring.

Just to put that statistic in context, the next best is Lionel Messi on 58 and Xavi on 56. The total could have hit 76 with the three chances he laid on a plate for Theo Walcott in the first half alone.

So no wonder Di Canio, along with boss Arsene Wenger, Arsenal team-mates and fans went home already concluding that the £43million spent on the German creator is cash very well invested.

Ozil was sensational in the first half. Granted, it was against a Sunderland side lacking bite and fight until a brief improvement in the second half, but he drifted into dangerous spaces, split defenders with intelligent passes, injected pace into attacks, and was generally elusive, until a stomach bug sapped his energy.

Aaron Ramsey, who netted twice to seal the points for Arsenal, one of them involving Ozil in the build-up, summed up his new chum. He said: “You saw what Mesut is all about with those lovely, telling through balls to set people up one-on-one with the keeper.
“That’s why he is top of the assist charts around Europe. He is an unbelievable talent and -hopefully that is just the start from him.
“The timing of the pass is everything. He has a wonder of a left foot and the way he strokes the ball means the passes he delivers always seem to be perfectly weighted right into players’ strides.”

Wenger said: “You have seen some great players in the Premier League and it is very difficult to judge someone after one game. “But he is a great player and there is a lot more to come from him, when he gets used to the contact. He told me after the game that he’d enjoyed it.

“He looked very comfortable, especially his first touch. He had not practised with the team at all, but it worked. In the transition from defence to attack, he does that very well.
“His passing and his retention of the ball gives everyone time to move. He is based a lot on movement and getting time for people to be ¬available on the ball. The creative side of his game gives us a kind of ¬technical security, which is ¬interesting.”

Giroud became only the eighth player in Premier League history to score in the opening four games of a season, then Ramsey volleyed home from Carl Jenkinson’s cross, before Giroud teed him up for the third.

Sunderland were briefly level after Craig Gardner’s penalty, and could have had momentum had ref Martin Atkinson played advantage when Jozy Altidore went through to score after being fouled by Bacary Sagna. Instead he blew early, and failed to send Sagna off.

Di Canio’s side only had 31 per cent of the possession and slumped to the bottom of the league. But there were brief glimpses of quality which suggest when the team gels, they might be OK.

For now, though, the Italian cuts a ¬frustrated, angry ¬touchline figure, who was sent to the stands late on for dissent.

Wenger’s men hit top spot, and there are few teams better when allowed to dominate
the ball.

Popups Powered By :
Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲