The stats underlined exactly what many had tried to highlight.
There were no jaw-dropping moments, no delightful passes that split open the defence like a ripe tomato. No blurrily-fast feet that bewitched the opposing defenders.
No. It was economical football. It was the right choice every time. It was perpetual progress. It was the equivalent of a player becoming the oil that our team needed in order to fire their engines.
Mesut Ozil is approaching his best form, and in our win against Newcastle, was the player we needed him to be.
He was top in successful passes, key passes and passes in opposition half. In short, Mesut Ozil was everywhere. He was given license to roam, and he used every inch of the pitch to torment Newcastle, and eke space from what was a pretty miserly defence. He was always the catalyst to our best moves, the incendiary to our explosive moments.
It was a performance that indicated that he is finally getting on board with the Emery system, and the Spanish coach is finally getting to grips with what Ozil does best.
It’s a good thing too, with five of our seven remaining games in the Premier League away from The Emirates. That means less space, less opportunities for us to pounce, less of the ball to work with.
So the return of our playmaker to somewhere near his best is a real boon to our chances of keeping hold of our top4 status as it is now.
Was it a case of the player playing his way back into form? Did the German get the run of games he required to get that rhythm that activates his best play? It is common knowledge that Ozil hardly had a place nailed down in the first half of the season, but some impressive displays from the team recently with Ozil included looks to have swayed Emery regarding his status at the club.
The same goes for Ramsey too. Both have been in the eleven in recent weeks and our upturn in fortune is abundantly clear. It gives us a top-heavy balance in attack, but we have been potent and look capable of scoring in every game.
We’ll need that when we face an in-form Everton on Sunday, and Wolves at Molineux – the toughest two games in our remaining games. Get wins from those and we should be able to look forward to a top 4 finish.
And if Ozil continues in the way he showed against Newcastle? We have every chance.