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Cannon Fodder News and Links: Mesut Ozil’s magic

News and links for Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

Sunderland v Arsenal - Premier League Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images


So, presumably some stuff happened in the footballing world yesterday. That’s fine.

PSG scored a last-minute winner to keep our group interesting. Apparently it was a pretty nice goal. Sure. Whatever. I honestly don’t care, because whatever it was, it wasn’t as good as this.

In the 88th minute of a Champions League Group Stage match away to PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria, Mohamed Elneny pinged an inch-perfect pass forward to Mesut Ozil, who found himself alone against charging Ludogorets goalkeeper Milan Borjan.

Borjan charged out so far that he was outside his box. Arsenal’s German wizard played a cheeky flick over the goalkeeper - who, incidentally, tried to save it with his hands and would surely been sent off had he gotten a hand on it - to none other than Arsenal’s precious German angel, Mesut Ozil.

No, you did not read that incorrectly. He flicked it to himself.

By this point, two Ludogorets defenders had rushed back into the box. Ozil, with some extremely deft touches and feinted shots, broke both their ankles and left them lying on the ground considering the pointlessness and futility of the human condition.

By this point, Borjan was back in the picture, but could not rush quickly enough to stop Ozil’s cool and easy left-footed finish into an open Ludogorets net. Many pants were lost.

It was magic. It was beautiful. And it was all that mattered in the footballing world to me yesterday.