Mesut Ozil Is Inspiring Dream Football at Arsenal, Says Arsene Wenger

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and SSC Napoli at Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Mesut Ozil’s majestic performance during Arsenal’s 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli will have many excited at the Emirates.

The former Real Madrid star has settled straight into the Premier League team and received huge praise from Arsene Wenger after putting Rafa Benitez’s side to the sword, as reported by Phil McNulty of BBC Sport:

He had an amazing first half. He had individual skill, team play, finishing and the final ball. You just sit there and enjoy it.

I loved him when he was at Real Madrid. I thought he was great and we're just lucky to have got him.

I believe he enjoys playing football. He enjoys playing with his partners. He has integrated quickly and he has come in at a period when we are doing well.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and SSC Napoli at Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/
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Ozil’s £42.4 million move to the Gunners earned widespread plaudits on transfer-deadline day. After completing significant payments on the Emirates Stadium, Wenger’s unwillingness to spend money was finally overturned in order to land the German.

Results have been instant on the pitch. Ozil has provided three assists in as many Premier League games, according to Whoscored and ESPNFC. His brilliant goal and assist against Napoli also put Arsenal into a fantastic position and heading straight toward qualification from the Champions League group stage.

With the Gunners also sitting atop the Premier League, an air of rejuvenation continues to filter through the Emirates club. Wenger is suitably pleased, per McNulty’s report:

I felt that we played at a good pace [vs. Napoli], technically very direct and finished with great goals.

The first half was amazing, absolutely fantastic. Everything was in there. All that you dream to see when you come to watch football.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal goes past Camilo Zuniga of Napoli during UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and SSC Napoli at Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Im
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It’s been a long time since the Arsenal boss has sounded so excited to watch his team. With Wenger enthused, the North London club have a real opportunity of ending their eight-year trophy drought this campaign.

Next up for Ozil and friends is a tricky trip to face West Brom at the Hawthorns. Having recently enjoyed a 2-1 Old Trafford victory over Manchester United, the Baggies' form ensures Arsenal will need to be on top of their game in order to maintain an unbeaten run that stretches back to the first day of the season.