Arsenal thumped Bulgarian side in the Champions League yesterday and midfielder Mesut Ozil highlighted our win with his hatrick.
Ozil, 28, has been dubbed as the king of assist but in contrast he has scored more than he has assisted this term. His hatrick culminated in his six goal for Arsenal this season.
But former Arsenal star Martin Keown claims to be in the know of why the Germany international is flourishing – Alexis Sanchez’s ability to stretch defences has freed up space for Ozil to have a go at goal himself.
Keown told the Daily Mail:
“Having Sanchez up front helps him in this regard, as the Chilean’s direct running opens up the space in front of him.
“Sanchez’s trickery and industry also means he often creates openings himself, allowing Ozil to get into scoring positions instead of just creating chances for other people, as he did with Giroud up front.
“He’s still making chances for the likes of Sanchez and Theo, of course, but he’s also become more ruthless in front of goal.
“Arsenal have often been accused of stepping off the gas once they’re in front, but that wasn’t the case last night.
“Ludogorets were already beaten early in the second half, but Ozil goes and grabs himself a hat-trick!”