Mesut Ozil is one of the best playmakers that there is and when he is on song, he glides around the pitch blessing his fellow teammates with passes that only he can see.
Along with his ability to unlock defences, his goalscoring exploits generally goes under the radar. Recently he revealed the favourite goal of his career.
Yes, you guessed it right. He is talking about THAT goal he scored against Ludogorets.
We were blessed by this absolute brilliance piece of skill and pizzazz in the 87th min of the tie when Arsenal travelled to face Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the group stage in 2016.
Arsenal were considered overwhelming favourites coming into the tie after demolishing Ludogorets 6-0 at Emirates, but the tie didn’t pan out as the majority expected as the Gunners were down 2-0 after just 15 minutes.
Arsenal fought back and at the end of the first half, the tie was delicately poised at 2-2. In the dying minutes of the match, after some good defensive work from Giroud, the ball fell to Mohamed Elneny who released a through ball over the two centre-backs who were trying to maintain a high line, and who was chasing that ball – you guessed it right, Ozil.
He controlled the ball and charged forward, the keeper was out of his line to thwart him, but Ozil who was in sensational form that season remained composed.
He calmly chipped the onrushing keeper, faked as if he was about to shoot which completely sold the two centre halfs that had made ground.
They dived to stop the shot, but the shot never came, instead he dribbled the ball calmly past them to slot the ball in an open net.
No one could really believe what just happened, did Ozil really pull that off? He made a mockery of that Ludogorets defence and won that tie for Arsenal which ultimately took them to the last 16 stage of the Champions league.
His recent form has been a worry for the Arsenal faithfuls but Ozil belongs to a dying breed of playmakers that are hard to come by especially in the modern game. This goal is the reminder that when he is in the mood, his magic and brilliance with the ball at his feet is not to be questioned.