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.
Incredible goal by Mesut Ozil! pic.twitter.com/sfTtPkRuSB— Fans Of Sport (@FansOfSport) November 1, 2016
Could watch that @MesutOzil1088 goal again and again. beautiful #LUDvAFC pic.twitter.com/fjCelTeqdk— ozil_facts (@ozil_facts) November 1, 2016
Decent finish by @MesutOzil1088 for the 3rd #Arsenal goal. #afc #Ozil #Öezil #uefachampionsleague pic.twitter.com/7M9T1NNPNj— Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) November 1, 2016
Ozil's goal was outrageous!! https://t.co/f1QdrTNDGH— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) November 2, 2016
Waking up this morning and remembering that Ozil goal from last night. pic.twitter.com/f2SP3BxwZV— Coral (@Coral) November 2, 2016
Mesut I mean, we know you are good bro, but WOW!! @MesutOzil1088— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) November 1, 2016
A beautiful goal to cap a brilliant comeback.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 1, 2016
Here's how Mesut Ozil fired Arsenal into the knockout stages https://t.co/MKwDTLCLHC #ludvafc pic.twitter.com/KqT1tBhmfm
Enjoy this @MesutOzil1088 goal over and over via @FOXSoccer. https://t.co/mZAQSEhVc6— Arsenal America (@arsenalamerica) November 1, 2016
Mesut Ozil is a magician! STUNNING goal to bring Arsenal into the lead! #UCL pic.twitter.com/XcQF8t6qk4— TheFootyMatrix ⚽ (@TSM_Football) November 1, 2016
If you can't appreciate Mesut Ozil, you don't love football. His wonder goal only highlights his brilliance https://t.co/zgscRTDyHe— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) November 2, 2016
Ozil's goal not only gets better the more times you watch it, it also features in a popular children's book. #YaGunnersYa #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/CXGbZzMVm6— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) November 2, 2016
Özil chips the keeper pic.twitter.com/6LYDmg9B7C— Poorly Drawn Arsenal (@cantdrawarsenal) November 2, 2016