Arsenal's Got Its Own Perfect 10
Dude's been as good at points in his career but never better than he was in Arsenal's 3-1 defeat of Leicester City.
The former German international firgured in all the Gunners' scores, racking up a goal, an assist, and keying the build-up for a third in leading his charges to their 10th straight all-competion victory.
Putting it mildly, he was total football the entire day.
Ironically, it was the Foxes who took the initiative at kickoff. They looked every bit dedicated to their mission of snapping the Gunners' winning ways.
Of course, sitting mid-table probably wasn't setting well with them, either.
Dudes were rewarded for their pressure in the 31st minute. Ben Chilwell got the ball on the left and fired from there. This produced a carom off Héctor Bellerin that found net, with no chance for Bernd Leno to do anything about it:
After the goal, Arsenal woke up and started threatening Kasper Schmeichel.
Dude dished off to Bellerin on the right wing, made the run, and received the ball inside the box in a spiffy position to best Schmeichel with a side-footed effort into the far corner:
The stalemate continued until Emery introduced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 61st minute, and the striker proved to be decisive with two goals in five minutes.
- In the 63rd, Özil passed to Bellerin, whereupon
- The Spaniard delivered a sterling cross to Aubameyang, who was so alone he was getting spammed by eHarmony. Fortunately for Arsenal, he found time for a tap-in:
The Gunners' third goal was a masterpiece.
Özil was the man who mattered yet again. This time, he passed to Alexandre Lacazette and received it back inside the area. Dude could've easily finished it himself, but that's not what captains do when they can boost a teammate.
Thus, he gave the honor to Aubameyang, who had no problems from close-range:
The Premiership portions of Arsenal's streak has seen them move into the thick of the title chase:
It's still early days, but stocking up points for the winter will go a long way toward their blossoming into a full-on challenge for the top -- and a spot in Europe -- when spring rolls around.