Arsenal's Mesut Ozil finally delivered a Man of the Match performance in a 'big' game in their
2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend in the latest north London derby.
Often home supporters have been extremely critical of the German international's performances, due to his lack of dominance in vital matches since his move from Real Madrid in 2013.
However on Saturday, Ozil was back to his influential best providing the assist from the free kick to find international team mate Shkodran Mustafi to head the first past a motionless Hugo Lloris in the Spurs' goal.
Speaking to BBC Sport former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks said: “I did not hear anyone from the Arsenal camp complaining about Mesut Ozil’s performance against Tottenham in the north London derby – no comments about him being lazy or not being a team player, playing for himself or not being interested,
“What I did see was Arsenal fans giving the player a standing ovation in appreciation of a wonderful performance by an extremely gifted footballer – and about time.
“I have said it before and I will say it again: Ozil should be playing for Tottenham, where he would be far more appreciated. Spurs fans would be giving him that ovation every week.”
Throughout the game, Ozil was orchestrating moves with clever passes and intelligent movement which served to inspire his side to a deserved league victory over their sternest rivals, their 76th win in 181 north London games.
Ozil's future is still very much undecided at the Emirates. The attacking midfielder could leave on a free transfer in the summer, but with more performances in games that really matter the Arsenal board would be unwise to allow him to leave.