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Arsenal 3-1 Leicester - A Game of Two Ozil's

Arsenal made it seven consecutive Premier League victories on the bounce, and ten from ten overall, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a supershow from captain Mesut Ozil was the force behind us taking the points,This match was the epitome of a game of two halves, as Leicester bossed the first forty five, but our display in the second half would have dazzled any team, and it was fuelled by the genius of Ozil, and the decision-making of Unai Emery.Emery was forced into a change as Nacho Monreal succumbed to a hamstring injury, with the dependable Stephane Lichtsteiner filling in on the left - with youngster Zach Medley on the bench as cover.There was no room again for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again, and Aaron Ramsey once again sat on the bench, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi were tasked with the creative roles, alongside captain Mesut Ozil.The first half was a subdued one, with Leicester full of verve and vigour and enjoying the majority of openings, with our high line being exploited by Kelechi Iheanacho. So much so that Rob Holding was booked early for a pull on the Nigerian’s shirt.Then a moment of contention. A high ball, and Holding went up for the ball, and inexplicably handled. There was no need, but the ref didn’t see it, nor did the assistant, and we got off scot free. This was a healthy dose of luck, but Leicester were to keep pushing.Harry Maguire was next up and his header down low was saved well by Leno, then Iheanacho put in a teasing ball for Vardy who couldn’t quite reach it. The Foxes were skinning us without outplaying us, and they were the most dangerous team by far.Then Leicester got the goal they warranted. Chilwell bombed down the left and fizzed in a cross, with Bellerin stretching to cut it out. The Spaniard could only toe it toward goal and the stranded Leno couldn’t keep it out.1-0 Leicester, and it had been coming.We had barely threatened, but a Granit Xhaka free-kick just wide was the signal we were coming to life.Then, on the stroke of half-time, Ozil came to life.He started the move and carried on running, into the box to meet the perfect pass from Bellerin. The German didn’t break stride, he met it with a side foot that looked like an effortless pass. It was, but straight into the bottom corner.It was the smoothest finish you’ll see all season, and Ozil had engineered the whole thing.It was the fillip we needed, and right on the stroke of half time.The second half was in stark contrast to the first, as Arsenal went at it early. Lacazette and Ozil were cooking with gas around the box, some great touches. Bellerin was up and down the wing with earnest, and Leicester couldn’t keep us quiet. Iwobi too was having a good game, and he was being swarmed on whenever he had possession.Leicester weren’t done though, and Wilfred Ndidi thumped a header against the crossbar from a corner that Leno was not close to claiming.A minute later, Emery made the changes that would change the game. Aubameyang came on along with Guendouzi, with Lichtsteiner and Mkhitaryan making way. Mintes later, we were ahead.Ozil was again the architect, a perfectly weighted pass found the overlapping Bellerin, who put in a low cross to be tapped in by the lurking Auba. The passes from Ozil and Bellerin have to be examined in slo-mo to truly appreciate their beauty.Two minutes later, we had a two goal cushion, and the move belonged in the same bracket as Ramsey’s goal versus Fulham two weeks before.A flick from Ozil on the halfway, pass and move, A dummy outside the box, a pearl of a pass, Ozil slices a pass over the onrushing keeper with the outside of his boot, finding Auba again.It meant that Emery can claim to be the best so far at subs this season, as Arsenal have scored more from our subs than any other this season. It was a great cameo from Auba, but Ozil really changed the game with his vision and awareness - his display has at least five or six moments you would rewatch on loop.Aaron Ramsey would get a slice of game time, coming on for the inspirational Ozil - who got a great ovation as he walked off the pitch.The game had fizzled out by this point, but there was a couple of chances for Lacazette, who shot wide when picked out by the impressive Iwobi in what was his best chance.The rest of the game was played out with less tempo and Leicester cutting out odd attempts to play in Lacazette. The ref then blew the whistle for full time, and it was ten from ten for Arsenal and Emery.There were difficulties of course, and we did get lucky at times, but our second half showing would have caused trouble to any side.We are looking fantastic. and we should be enjoying every minute.