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Has Mesut Ozil put himself back on your Dream Team radar?

It was the kind of display that makes a real Dream Team splash.

This was Mesut Ozil at his pinnacle; scoring, assisting, pre-assisting.

The manner in which he made his crucial equaliser look so effortless was mesmeric.


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Sparkling display

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Sparkling display

The pass to Hector Bellerin to unlock the Leicester defence before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first goal will feature on highlights showreels for years to come.

The step over and impudent dink to set up Aubameyang’s second was poetry in motion.

Superb Arsenal team goal against Leicester assisted by Ozil and finished by Aubameyang

Life is pretty simple for Aubameyang with Ozil in this kind of form, with both finishes put on a plate without really having to break sweat.

Dominant display

Unsurprisingly it was Ozil’s highest rated performance of the season – 9.03 on WhoScored – which returned him a massive 15 Dream Team points.

It’s also ensured he’s crept up the player points rankings, sitting pretty alongside Mo Salah and Bernardo Silva on 47 points in total this season.

Mo Salah scored as Liverpool beat Huddersfield 1-0

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Ozil has the same number of points as Salah

Yet in stark contrast to his closest points rivals, only 3.2% of Dream Team managers are reaping the rewards of Ozil’s form.

Outperforming rivals

To put that in some context, the German is far less popular than the likes of Troy Deeney (3.5%) and Alvaro Morata (4.4%) despite a much grander points total.

His price is intriguing as at £4.7m he is neither overly expensive or a cost-saving venture.

Alvaro Morata has run out of time to prove himself the main man at Chelsea

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More Dream Team managers have picked Morata

But when you consider he’s outperforming both Dele Alli (£4.8m) and Christian Eriksen (£5.6m) and effectively matching David Silva’s (£5.3m) return, the lack of popularity seems curious.

Will it continue?

Arsenal have quickly morphed into a winning juggernaut, victorious in 10 games on the bounce and playing some sumptuous football.

And of their next eight clashes in all competitions, besides the visit of Liverpool at the start of November, you could argue they’re favourites in all of them.

Unai Emery hails Mesut Ozil for a superb display, including a scintillating equaliser

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Will you offer the same faith to Ozil as Emery has?

You’d imagine Unai Emery will want to make Ozil centre stage, the brains behind the brawn of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

But will you, the Dream Team tinkerman, do the same?


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