Mesut Ozil produced a victory-saving first touch in the 94th minute vs Crystal Palace

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In the past few months, Arsenal have pretty much run on the fuel that is Mesut Ozil.

The mercurial German playmaker has been at the peak of his powers for the Gunners, creating chances, scoring goals and genuinely keeping them competitive as an attacking force.

His professional attitude, despite being in the final year of his contract, has earned plaudits from everyone and in the 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace, he was instrumental once again.

Every good move seam to be orchestrated by Ozil, as Arsenal's famous 'Wenger-Ball' was on show for everyone to see.

Shkodran Mustafi and an Alexis Sanchez brace sealed a priceless three points but in the final few minutes, Gunners fans were understandably nervy.

James Tomkins made it 3-2 from a corner, with the Arsenal defence under a lot of pressure.

But, in the 94th-minute, Ozil took it upon himself to diffuse the situation with one of the finest first touches you will see all season, stopping a dangerous Palace corner.

You can watch his moment of magic below.


Who else would have the confidence to pull off something like that in the most crucial part of the match? Not many.

Even after the moment of brilliance, he manages to play the ball perfectly into the path of Jack Wilshere, essentially preserving the three points for Arsene Wenger's side.

Speaking after the game, the boss was full of praise for his game-changing trio; Ozil, Sanchez and Wilshere.


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“People question the commitment of players who are not on long-term contracts and that showed you it’s not true –and not right,” Wenger told talkSPORT.

“You can go both ways.”

Wenger was also delighted to see Wilshere returning back to his best after a disastrous time with injuries in the last few years.

“I just think that Jack had a good performance today and on top of that he gave a fine ball. When you’re a midfielder that’s what you want to do,” Wenger added.

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“He showed he’s back in a good shape and is competitive. Because people have not seen Jack at that level in a long time.”

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