He could’ve scored this one, Mesut Özil.
But, in the spirit of assistance…
He laid it off.
Magnificent dummy, magnificent assist.
Arsenal up 3–1.
Today was vintage Özil, one of the greatest games of his fantastic career.
A brilliant first-touch goal from a cross on the ground, to tie it at 1-1.
Then one of the best through balls of the year, to set up the second goal—a pre-assist to Bellerín, and then to Aubameyang for the finish.
Then, in the 67th minute, this one.
The finishing touch on a masterpiece.
Koscielny on Ozil's performance against Leicester: "He was incredible. His goal bailed us out before the break & then his pass for Hector on our second goal is the best ball you will see all season. And he added an assist for Auba after a great dummy & understanding with Laca" pic.twitter.com/486VVJIP5g
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) November 2, 2018
Bellerín brings the ball up the wing, sends it across to Özil. A dummy, then a run, the feed from Lacazette, and bit of the “sublime”, as they were calling it on the broadcast—the outside-foot flick to Aubameyang on the back post.
Aubameyang gets his second, but that goal was all about Ozil. A backheel flick to start the move in midfield, a dummy to let Lacazette get the ball, and then assist for Auba. Fantastic sequence from the German. He's living up to the armband tonight. #ARSLEI
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) October 22, 2018
Savor this, because there are only a handful on earth with a soccer mind like this.
And to you, Mr. Mesut Özil… bravo!
World-class steward of the beautiful game.
Ozil is Messi like tonight. Passed first into bottom corner off post, then for third there was his back heeled pass in midfield, dummy and finally a gorgeous assist. What a footballer!
— Gerry Thornley (@gerrythornley) October 22, 2018
With the win, Arsenal rises back into the top four of the EPL table.
Tied with Chelsea and Tottenham, just two points back from Manchester City.
Maybe they’ve got some kind of outside shot at a title this season.
So from here on out, we watch.
Özil. Lacazette. Bellerín. Aubameyang.
Whether they forget about the era of Wengerball…
And become the founding fathers of something new:
The age of “Emery Ball”.