Theo Walcott once told us that Mesut Ozil ‘sees things’ and boy was he right.
Arsenal’s German playmaker opened the scoring against Newcastle with a goal of subtle brilliance.
The ball was deflected up in the air after Alexis Sanchez’s shot was blocked in the box and when Florian Lejeune’s headed clearance fell to Ozil, the cultured midfielder volleyed his finish into the top corner.
Dare we say, there was shades of Zinedine Zidane about it…
The finish was overtly superb but it was the anticipation and movement a second before that was truly world-class.
Ozil is one of those players who, when he’s at his best, seems to know what will happen before it does and this goal was a great example.
As with any artist, the devil is in the details, and this simple moment of lowkey genius is further evidence that the World Cup-winning midfielder is a truly gifted footballer.
Who cares if he doesn’t track back enough, he’s bloody brilliant.