Analyzing Mesut Ozil's Performance vs. Norwich

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Analyzing Mesut Ozil's Performance vs. Norwich
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Since coming over from Real Madrid in September, Mesut Ozil has done everything Arsene Wenger has asked of him and more, which is a big reason why Arsenal surged to the top of the Premier League table. 

And today against Norwich, the German international authored arguably his most impressive performance as a Gunner to date, helping Arsenal to a decisive 4-1 victory. 

It wasn't just that the 25-year-old finally buried his first league goal, or even that he found the back of the net a second time during the match's dying moments, but there was no mistaking the dominance Ozil exhibited at Emirates Stadium. 

As he's done since his arrival in North London, Ozil was the engine that drove the Gunners' offense, creating plays with his vision and deft touch on the ball. 

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Though not necessarily known for his ability to score goals himself (he's never managed more than 11 in a season), Ozil's creativity and ability to open space for his teammates in dangerous positions had been remarkable, and that quality was on display this afternoon. 

Early on, Ozil found Bacary Sagna for a header opportunity off a cross, and from then on, the German midfielder was consistently manufacturing quality chances in the attacking end. 

After Jack Wilshere put Arsenal up by a goal in the 18th minute, the Gunners began to look content in hanging on to the slim lead, but Ozil ensured that this would not be the case for long after halftime. 

In the 58th minute, he eyed his opportunity, and off of a beautiful Olivier Giroud cross, Ozil delicately converted on a header for his first Premier League goal, giving Arsenal an insurmountable two-goal advantage. 

But he wasn't done there. 

Not long after he'd put the Gunners up by two, Norwich struck back to narrow the lead to one, and Arsenal was once again in need of an insurance goal. 

And so, Ozil went to work, first setting up an opportunity for Ramsey, and then taking one of his own in the minutes following Norwich's strike. 

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Then, after Ramsey once again gave the Gunners the coveted two-goal margin, Ozil put the finishing touches on his masterful performance. 

With Norwich pressing, Ramsey found Ozil from five yards out, and he potted his second goal of the day with a calm finish. 

Perhaps, Ozil simply capitalized on a pair of opportunistic chances, but it is worth noting that goals have been coming much more frequently than usual for the German star. 

In the last nine days, Ozil's managed a combined four goals in three matches, so maybe he's simply gaining confidence with each match as a member of the Premier League leaders. 

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Last week, Ozil found the back of the net in both of Germany's World Cup Qualification matches, and during his last Champions League match, Ozil had a hand in both of Arsenal's goals, including a beautiful volley in the eighth minute that stood up as the decisive strike. 

In total, Ozil's managed two goals and three assists in five Premier League matches, so there's no questioning how dominant he's been on a consistent basis, but this two-goal outing against Norwich may have been his best to date. 

He's been the best player on the league's best team so far, and that will have to continue to be the case if the Gunners are to remain at the top of the table by season's end. 

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