How did Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal return go?

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Mesut Ozil returned to the Arsenal starting line-up against Cardiff on Sunday after missing last weekend’s victory over West Ham.

Ozil missed Arsenal’s first win under new manager Unai Emery amid reports of a training ground bust-up, but Emery said Ozil was absent simply due to illness.

Here, Press Association Sport assesses the midfielder’s performance in south Wales.


Ozil made a bright start, threading some precision passes and looking hungry for work as Arsenal overcame some early defensive issues to take an 11th-minute lead through Shkodran Mustafi’s header. Ozil epitomised an Arsenal team often comfortable in possession, and was also at the heart of their counter-attacking game, linking well with Alexandre Lacazette and being involved in approach play for his team’s second goal.


Cardiff City v Arsenal – Premier League – Cardiff City Stadium
Arsenal goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action against Cardiff (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

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Mesut Ozil returned to the Arsenal starting line-up against Cardiff (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)


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