Mesut Özil springs to life to offer hope amid the Arsène Wenger gloom | Barney Ronay

German international reached his half-century of assists as Arsenal’s best players all contributed to victory over Watford

With eight minutes gone in this meeting of upper-to-mid?table powers there was a significant little wonky detail. Arsenal had just taken the lead on an afternoon when they passed the ball with speed and verve through midfield, with Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan producing some sublime touches.

It was from Özil’s free-kick that Shkodran Mustafi rose above a mildly interested Watford defence to send a firm header wiffling into the far corner: “And that ladies and gentleman is Arsenal’s ONE THOUSANDTH goal in the Premier League!!” a ludicrously upbeat voice declared over the Emirates Stadium PA as the players celebrated.

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