Following a battle in excess of an hour against Watford, the Gunners found the breakthrough when Alexis Sánchez drove it high into goal from close range. Had the Chilean not continued his red-hot goalscoring streak, the Gunners most likely would have been given another bite of the cherry from the penalty spot, as Özil controlled it in the area forcing Nathan Aké to hesitantly take him to the ground.
With the wind behind their sails, Arsenal doubled their lead in a matter of minutes. Yet again there was patience and fluency in the build-up, before the ball eventually made it's way to Özil bisecting the area, and the midfielder elegantly scooped it back towards goal, where he found Olivier Giroud for a neat, first-time finish.
The German's game would come to an end soon after Aaron Ramsey's attempt trickled into goal for the visitor's third, but even before the scoring came he remained an active threat in creating early chances. A tough first half would have been very different natured had Ramsey managed to tuck away Sánchez's delightful diagonal into the box, and that move was helped on by Özil's great trickery at the start of the move. His in-swinging corner also found Koscielny but the defender fired off target.
While most will remain wary that the scoreline was deceiving—after all the Gunners seemed nullified at times against Watford—one thing that is edging closer to the boundaries of assurance is the development of Mesut Özil. Titled a "flop" in his inaugural season, and for large chunks of the second, his price tag had seen little justification. At Vicarage Road, however, he showed more optimistic signs of the real player Arsenal signed for over £42 million.
It's a quite poetic transition from flopping to flourishing. He's thriving with the influx of attacking maestro's from the globe that are assembled at the club. In his earlier seasons, he was accused for not putting in the work and not managing to effectively involve himself in the play, but now he's a deadly weapon.
This of course adds to Arsenal's mauling of Manchester United on the other side of the International break. Özil bagged a goal at the Emirates as part of the victory, giving him, his teammates, the manager and the powers above a lot to smile about. He's assembling a good run of form, and should it continue, he'll live up to the price tag.
Blossoming would perfectly describe the rise in number of Arsenal's attacking outlets. Going forward, there's now an unprecedented tally of options to choose from, and obviously the German has benefited hugely from it.
The stats are on his side too. He's assisted the most goals this season in the Premier League and any of the European top five leagues for that matter. It appears he's piecing things together, and the wait for him to do so could just be worthwhile for the Gunners.
Against Watford, Mesut Özil was the sovereign playmaker, he had the game at his feet, and the strings of it in his hands. That's the role Wenger purchased him for, and ever so surely, he's making it a more frequent instance—which means that the Gunners will have an astronomical boost in their bid to bring the league title back to North London.