Mesut Ozil was at his best during Arsenal's 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
There have been complaints that the German midfielder doesn't always turn up, sometimes rather literally, but there could be no questioning his quality against the Cherries.
The game marked Ozil's return to the Premier League starting XI, having become a peripheral figure this season and not always being favoured by new managed Unai Emery.
Rumours of a loan move to Inter Milan during the January transfer window and constant reminders of his extortionate wages certainly haven't helped the situation, either.
When Emery was asked about Ozil's latest performance, however, he remarked: "Good. I think he's happier with us. I am now also very proud of players and the same with Mesut.
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Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth
"He helped us with his quality and his work also to organise and play in different systems."
And aside from his constant creativity and assist during the Bournemouth win, he also penned his name on the scoresheet and it came just four minutes into the match.
Latching on to a pass from Sead Kolasinac, Ozil darted into a one-on-one opportunity and made absolutely no mistake, finishing delightfully over the dive of Artur Boruc.
Ozil using his 'bounce' technique
However, replays revealed that Ozil was once again up to his usual tricks, calling upon the so-called 'bounce' technique that has become his trademark in north London.
Partially kicking the ball into the ground, it causes an irregular upward trajectory that often fools the goalkeeper on their descent and finds the back of the net.
It certainly takes some nerve to deliberately kick the ball into the turf when you're clean through on goal but it worked for Ozil once again, so don't fix what isn't broken.
Check out his goal down below:
Ozil's boot and Boruc's body might go down, but the ball flew up and over.
You would think that goalkeepers would have become adapted to the technique by now, yet they're so used to dealing with a traditional strike that their reaction is almost second nature.
It seems to make the 30-year-old surprisingly reliable when played through on goal, even if his overall scoring record at Arsenal doesn't set the world alight.
Ozil has been calling upon the method since his Real Madrid days and since joining Arsenal, his victims include: Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Arsenal now move on to the north London derby this weekend and Emery will have to decide whether or not to start his German midfielder.
Besides, another ricocheted finish at the Wembley stadium would certainly help Ozil bounce back.
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