So, apparently that Mesut Ozil guy is pretty good.
The 25-year-old German midfielder apparently grew bored of assisting and playing the role of maestro—OK, well he was still a maestro, completing a match-high three key passes and compiling 104 touches—on Saturday, as he notched his first two Premier League goals to help Arsenal to a 4-1 win over Norwich City and another week atop the table.
He slotted a rare header in the 58th minute and put a cap on the Gunners' emphatic, dominant performance with an excellent finish in the 88th.
The addition of Ozil this summer has simply taken everyone on Arsenal, specifically in the midfield, to a new level. Aaron Ramsey, who has been in unbelievable form, scored his eighth goal since the end of August, and Jack Wilshere scored for the second match in a row, finishing off a world-class team buildup.
Arsenal are clicking on all cylinders right now, and it has them at the top of the table:
|EPL Table Through Oct. 19|
|13||West Bromwich Albion||8||10||1|
|14||West Ham United||8||8||0|
Chelsea, meanwhile, got their own brace from youngster Eden Hazard as they erased an early Jordon Mutch goal and rolled over Cardiff City, 4-1. Samuel Eto'o put in arguably his most impressive performance of the season, as the Blues passed Liverpool, who tied Newcastle on Saturday, for second on the table.
Manchester City round out the top four after a 3-1 win over West Ham at Upton Park. It was a thrilling match that saw lots of second-half action, but Sergio Aguero's brace and David Silva's sublime all-around performance were too much for the Hammers.
Southampton dropped out of the top four, but a draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford is nothing to be ashamed of for Mauricio Pochettino's upstart squad.
The Red Devils, who gave up a shocking 89th-minute equalizer in that one, continue to be plagued by inconsistency and sit in the middle of the table in eighth place.