Arsenal continued their impressive form in the Barclays Premier League this weekend with a 3-0 win in Wales against Swansea City. While it was touch and go for awhile, the Gunners eventually pulled away from the Swans thanks to the irrepressible Mesut Özil, our choice for Man of the Match.
Özil had a hand in all three of Arsenal's goals. For the first, he placed a brilliant outswinging corner into the box for Olivier Giroud to thump home. On the second, Özil tried to play a cross in, after his corner kick had been unsuccessfully cleared. It took a nasty deflection which led to an embarrassing flailing attempt by Lukasz Fabianski and ultimately to a Laurent Koscielny goal. The third came as a result from a brilliant exchange from the crown jewels of Arsene Wenger, Özil and Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez played a delicious flick to Özil who gave it back to the Chilean who picked out Mesut's run into the box perfectly. With time to pick out a pass, Özil did just that, finding an unmarked Joel Campbell who had time to collect himself and fire home to give the Gunners all three points.
That makes 9 assists in 10 Premier League matches played for the German No. 10 this season. The league record is 20, set by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. If Özil can stay healthy and maintain this sizzling form, that record could very well be in jeopardy.
The best thing about his recent form is that he appears to be receiving universal acclaim from fans and pundits these days, as opposed to his previous two years with Arsenal. It is far more enjoyable to revel in Özil's greatness with fellow Arsenal fans than to attempt to convert others to recognize his brilliance, but if that's the bandwagon people want to hop on now, well, welcome aboard.
Here's to hoping that on three days' rest, he can perform some more miracles on Wednesday against Bayern Munich.