Hands up, who predicted Arsenal would dominate Tottenham over 90 minutes and run out comfortable 2-0 winners ahead of Saturday’s north London derby?
Not many people did, that’s for sure.
But that’s exactly what happened at the Emirates as Arsene Wenger’s side triumphed to go within one point of their rivals in the table.
Two goals in the space of five first-half minutes secured the win.
Shkodran Mustafi made it 1-0 in the 36th-minute with a well-placed header from Man of the Match Mesut Ozil’s free-kick. The German was at the centre of everything the Gunners did and he even played a big part in the second goal despite not touching the ball.
Arsenal fans have noticed how the playmaker threatened to make a run in behind Jan Vertonghen. This causes the Spurs defender to panic and get drawn out of position as Alexandre Lacazette runs in behind him. The Frenchman then, in turn, found Alexis Sanchez with the cross as the Chilean doubled Arsenal’s lead.
It might seem a small movement from Ozil but, after one supporter spotted it, it has been retweeted 700 times and is being talked about on social media.
What Ozil did before Sanchez's goal
Check it out:
Arsenal fans react
And here is the reaction from Arsenal fans:
Praise for Ozil
Ozil’s understanding of the game is rather incredible and he knew exactly what he was doing with his movement before the goal. And it was his overall performance - including his work-rate - that earned such high praise from pundits after the match.
"There must be two Mesut Ozils because there was a different one today to what I have been watching recently,” Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville said during the match.
"He has been fantastic today. He has set himself a standard today in which he has played, worked and applied himself."
Meanwhile, Thierry Henry added: "The desire of the Arsenal squad is second to none today. But Mesut Ozil has been amazing.
"I'm not talking about when he has been on the ball but off the ball. What he has been doing, helping the back three at one point and then five seconds after nearly being on a one vs one situation with Hugo Lloris."
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