The Independent London Newspaper
18th November 2017

IN THE GROVE: Optimalist Ozil shines

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    ARSENE Wenger admitted match-winner Mesut Ozil proved him wrong on Tuesday when he hit a late super strike against Ludogorets Razgrad. 

    The Gunners came from 2-0 down to beat the Bulgarians and reach the Champions League knockout stages for the 17th consecutive time. 

    The pick of the goals saw Ozil, who scored his first ever professional hat-trick in the reverse fixture last month, ran through on goal, chip the goalkeeper and cut inside two defenders before slotting in a dramatic winner. 

    Wenger later admitted he wouldn’t have been so composed in front of goal. “I would say the great players make the right decisions in the game situations they face,” he said. “Always the optimal solution. It didn’t look for a while like the optimal solution, but when the ball was in the net I thought it was! You wanted him to take maybe his chance earlier but at the end he had enough skill to prove that he was right.” 

    Shkodran Mustafi was also quick to hail his international team-mate. “I don’t want to say too much because it will get in his head and he’s going to think he’s the best again!” he said. “We know Mesut’s qualities. He is incredible.

    “He is calm in front of goal, I would have shot from 20 yards away!” 

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