It was the 84th minute of the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham when Arsene Wenger substituted Mesut Ozil with Alex Iwobi, only for the German midfielder to receive a standing ovation by the Gunners fans, his ‘reward’ for a… special performance.
I’m convinced that Mesut Ozil adds physicality to his game and when he needs it, he can produce it. He got a standing ovation because he added to the team’s defensive job. He’s not a specialist in that, but he can do that because he’s an intelligent man
Wenger told Sky Sports, probably surprised himself as well, by Ozil’s passionate performance and extra effort when Arsenal were defending.
The Germany international added another assist to his tally this season, helping compatriot Shkodran Mustafi open the score for Arsenal in the 36th minute. Before halftime, Alexandre Lacazette had made it 2-0, a score that didn’t change in the second half.
I think we played with purpose, good concentration, the desire always to be efficient and with great solidarity from the first to last minute. The quality of our concentration was very high. We never had a minute where you could feel we dropped out focus
Wenger said of the match. As for his team’s goals, he looked confident that both were good, despite Tottenham’s protests for an offside, after a non-existent foul in favour of Alexis Sanchez in the first one.
I watched it several times, you can’t tell for sure that it was offside. The foul, I think it was a foul, yes
the Frenchman told reporters in the Press conference after the match.