Gary Neville has been hugely critical of Mesut Ozil since the German playmaker arrived at Arsenal four years ago - and most of the criticism has been completely warranted.
However, the former Manchester United captain-turned-Sky Sports pundit had to take his hat off and praise Ozil for his impressive performance against Tottenham this afternoon.
Midway through the first half, Neville said that Ozil was “as lively as I’ve seen him in quite a while”, and many people watching the match from home concurred.
Ozil showed the kind of tenacity, drive and hunger that he’s often accused of lacking - particularly in the big matches.
As well as assisting the opening goal for Shkodran Mustafi with an excellent in-swinging free-kick, he also caught the eye with his desire to win back possession for his team.
Everyone noticed what Ozil kept doing against Spurs
Ozil has been accused of being ‘lazy’ and ‘uncommitted’ on numerous occasions since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid, but today he proved that he *can* track back and put in a shift when required.
Football fans on Twitter - and not just Arsenal supporters - all noticed that Ozil didn’t stop tracking back against Spurs.
Check out these tweets….
It's not the first time we've seen Ozil track back this season
However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ozil track back this season.
Back in September, a clip of Ozil working hard to win back possession did the rounds on social media - although on that occasion he was playing for Germany, rather than Arsenal.
Another accusation thrown at Ozil is that he tries harder when wearing the shirt of his national team.
But today has proved that even though he hasn’t signed a contract extension with the Gunners and could leave the club at the end of the season, he’s still 100 per cent committed to the cause for the time being.
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