Mesut Ozil has received plaudits from former Manchester United and Liverpool legends following his performance in Arsenal’s draw with Spurs.
The praise in in start contrast to the criticism the 27-year-old received last season.
“He found it tough for 75 minutes, but you know when the ball lands at his feet, the delivery more often than not is very good,” former United player Gary Neville was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“He picks the right pass. It’s no surprise that it was his delivery at the end. He does a lot of the right things on the ball and delivers it into the right areas.
“It’s a great, great record. It’s some feat and he’s playing now at the level that we all imagined he would.”
Former Liverpool skipper Graeme Souness also heaped praise on Ozil during SkySport’s post-match show,
“He’s got wing mirrors; he can see everything that’s going on around him.
“We’ve got used to the silkiness, but I think people have been frustrated that they’ve not seen the aggression, the sprinting to win the ball back.
“I think you have to accept that, because he gives you so much when you’ve got the ball in the opposition third and that’s the most difficult place to play.
“He’s a class act and Arsenal are the perfect team for him. He’s one of those whom – on his day – you’d pay to see play.”
The 27-year-old received a rating of 8.24 WhoScored for his performance against Tottenahm. Ozil made seven key passes, made one successful dribble and maintained a passing accuracy of 82%. Ozil also provided the assist for Arsenal’s equalising goal.
The Gunners missed the opportunity to overtake Manchester City who drew with Aston Villa yesterday.
Arsenal won the first north London derby of the season after beating Spurs 2-1 at White Hart Lane in the third-round League Cup clash back in September. The last time Tottenham beat Arsenal away was back in 1993.