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‘Sexy Football’ – Özil becomes the highest scoring German in Premier League history

Özil declares ‘sexy football’ in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday night. Captaining the team, Özil had potentially his best game in a Gunners shirt yet. Often accused of being lacklustre in recent performances, Özil silenced his critics with a goal, an assist, and played a key part in one of the most spectacular team goals seen in a long time.

The Foxes who haven’t won on Arsenal soil since 1973 took the lead in the 31st minute through a counter-attack in which recently called up England star Ben Chilwell beat the pace of Hector Bellerin, who unfortunately turned the ball in off his own boot. After Leicester had deservedly took the lead, Arsenal suddenly awoke, bagging the equaliser just before half time with a stunning off the post finish from captain Mesut Özil, making him the highest scoring German in Premier League history.

The second half saw the Gunners come out with force which is typical Arsenal, with 14 of their 19 goals this season coming after the break. A brilliantly guided pass from Özil freed up Bellerin, who was able to tee up the readily waiting super sub Aubameyang to bury his 7th of the season after only being on the pitch a matter of moments.

The third Arsenal goal was something of absolute brilliance, started by none other than Özil himself. After manager Unai Emery moved him back to his preferred position in the middle, the pay off was superb. Within 7 passes, Leicester were cut open. A guided pass from Lucas Torreira bought on a stunning back heel from Özil. He then masterminds a dummy to Lacazette, before his second touch to Aubameyang resulted in his second, and the final goal of the game.

Özil took to Twitter moments after the game to say he was ‘proud to captain the team and club’ and says the Gunners played some ‘sexy football’.

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When the players returned to training Tuesday, Aubameyang posted a story on Instagram showing Özil watching back his own goal, with the caption ‘I’m the best’.

Bellerin hailed Özil a ‘born champion’ who has been through a lot of ups and downs in his career. This comes after Mesut retired from international football due to racist remarks and being accused of not being ‘creative’ enough. The critics have certainly been silenced after that performance.

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Can Steve Bruce take Aston Villa back up to the Premier League?

When they were relegated to the Championship in the 15/16 season, it was expected that Aston Villa would be promoted straight back up the following season, despite finishing rock bottom of the Premier League. However this was not to be and they ended up finishing 13th.

This season, Aston Villa put their faith in ex Hull City manager, Steve Bruce. Bruce went on to lead Hull City to two Premier League promotions and an FA Cup Final in 2014. So who is to say he cannot do the same for Aston Villa?

Fans are eager to win the Championship at the bare minimum, and with their high expectations, they got Villa Park bouncing as usual for their first game of 16/17.

Aston Villa’s season started off with a draw at home to Bruce’s former club Hull City which was not a bad start. However, fans were left highly disappointed after their next two games left Aston Villa second from bottom of the table after two straight defeats. Things were not looking promising for Bruce’s future at Aston Villa with his future hanging in the balance.

The turning point seemed to be at the end of August when Villa got their first win in beating Norwich 4-2. Their run then went on to 3 draws and more impressively, 4 consecutive wins. From second bottom of the table in August, Aston Villa have battled their way up the table and ahead of the International break now sit in 7th, only one point off the play-offs and 4 points behind 1st place Leeds United.

Their next game is away to local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are currently in 2nd place in the table. A win for the Claret’s could take them onto level points with Wolves.

The real question is, can Aston Villa keep up their winning streak? Their next 5 games (excluding the trip to Wolverhampton) include Fulham, the Birmingham derby against 22nd place rivals Birmingham City, 6th place Preston and an in-form Sheffield Wednesday.

As long as Aston Villa continue to pick up points and not get complacent like last year, whether it be by winning the championship outright or going up via the playoffs, promotion is definitely on the cards for the Claret and Blues.