Arsenal fans noticed a change in Mesut Ozil's demeanour in the 2-0 win over Spurs as the 29-year-old was much more engaged defensively.
Ozil assisted Shkodran Mustafi for the opening goal, a brilliant curling cross found the head of the centre-back who nodded home. Notoriously disappearing in big games, Ozil was not only involved, but hungry in this derby match.
Fans were keen-eyed and noticed Ozil's tracking back, with countless tweets complementing the German's work rate. Gary Neville also lauded the German's 'lively' performance at half-time as Ozil went on to be credited Man-of-the-Match in the North London Derby.
Ozil also exited the field to a standing ovation, as Arsene Wenger pulled him from the game in the 85th minute. With his contract set to expire in the summer, along with Alexis Sanchez, many questioned the players' commitment to the cause.
Something that Wenger has never questioned, as quoted by The Guardian, he said “I never questioned their commitment. They can have bad games but the problem is when the player goes to the end of his contract.”
The Arsenal boss will be keen to tie Ozil and Sanchez down to new contracts at the Emirates soon, with the player allowed to discuss terms with other clubs in January.
“The quality of the contract has to be good enough for them as well” Wenger said, “I am convinced they love the club, they love the team.”
Here are some of the tweets that credited Ozil's Man-of-the-Match performance against Spurs:
Ozil who didn’t get into anyone best north London XI named man of the match. Journalists RIP.— Sam (@samuelJayC) November 18, 2017
That was superb. Great performance, Ozil brilliant, but as a unit the back three were fantastic. Mustafi in particular had a stormer.— arseblog (@arseblog) November 18, 2017