Mesut Ozil “showed what he can do” in an astonishing four-minute spell
that impressed Arsene Wenger and lifted Arsenal to a 5-0 win against Huddersfield Town.
Despite Alexandre Lacazette’s third-minute opener, Arsenal laboured against the Terriers, who saw Steve Mounie’s deflected shot pushed behind off the crossbar by Petr Cech early in the second half.
Ozil eased the tension by setting up Olivier Giroud – a half-time replacement for Lacazette, who sustained a groin injury that will rule him out of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United – and Alexis Sanchez in successive minutes, before adding one of his own shortly after.
The Germany international’s future at Emirates Stadium remains unclear with his contract set to expire at the end of the season and his effort has frequently been criticised, but Wenger was left in no doubt about his importance after his latest display.
“We started well but then we lost our focus and our passing and allowed them to come back into the game,” the Arsenal boss told BBC Sport.