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Do Arsenal have room for Mesut Özil in their recalibrated midfield?

The arrival of Alexis Sánchez, the form of Santi Cazorla and a formation tweak from Arsène Wenger leave the German schemer looking surplus to requirements
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The consensus after Arsenal’s unusually stately 2-0 defeat of Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon was that this was a “landmark” result for Arsène Wenger’s team. But a landmark of what exactly? Certainly it was Arsenal’s best Premier League away result since their 5-3 victory at Stamford Bridge in October 2011 while, if we are talking eras and a progressive changing of the guard, this was surely Arsenal’s best domestic result since the easing of the age of austerity, or in other words since Mesut Özil (remember him?) became the club’s record signing 18 months ago: a high point, so far, in the new Age of Özil.

With this in mind perhaps the person best placed to judge is Özil himself, who was privileged to watch the entire 90 minutes from Arsenal’s bench, witness to some excellent performances in his own part of the pitch from Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sánchez, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky, while leaving him free to nod sagely at Wenger’s astute use of all three substitutes, none of whom, as it turned out, was called Mesut Özil.

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