Arsenal 3 Leicester City 1
Özil 45, Aubameyang 63, 65, Chilwell 31

Mesut Ozil shone at the Emirates last night. His contribution to Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester City was immense, none more so than the sweeping move which saw substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grab his second goal. Captain for the night, Ozil powered through the midfield to feed Hector Bellerin on the right. Ozil then dummied Bellerin’s cross and the ball came to Alexandre Lacazette. The France striker clipped it back to Ozil who was now deep on the right. As Kasper Schmeichel came out to narrow the angle, Ozil’s side footed chip beat the Denmark keeper for Aubameyang to strike into the empty net. It was a move of brilliance and hallmark Arsenal.

Leicester had deservedly taken the lead on the half hour mark when Ben Chilwell got the better of Bellerin down the left, and as the Spain defender attempted to recover, Chilwell’s shot deflected off Bellerin and past Bernd Leno. The visitors were lively, causing the Gunners much concern. Leno had to be alert to Harry Maguire’s free header and Rob Holding was fortunate not to concede a penalty with a flaying arm, just moments after receiving a yellow card.

But then, Arsenal’s game clicked into gear. Alex Iwobi began to cause the Foxes problems and Granit Xhaka had two sighters on Schmeichel’s goal. Just on the stroke of half time, Arsenal drew level. Ozil surged from the deep to slip the ball out to Bellerin on the right. The advanced Henrikh Mkhitaryan fell inside the 18 yard line, but timing his run to perfection was Ozil to place the ball without breaking his stride past Schmeichel for the leveller.

Arsenal emerged after the break, and whatever Gunners’ head coach Unai Emery said to his players, seemed to have immediate effect. The Foxes were hemmed in as Arsenal’s forward passing and tough tackling from Lucas Torreira in particular sent noise levels sky high inside the Emirates stadium. Wilfred Ndidi remedied us that Leicester were still a threat with a header which thundered onto Leno’s crossbar, not so from Jamie Vardy however who endured a rare goalless night in N5.

Emery then made two telling substitutions. Aubameyang came on for Stephan Lichtsteiner, while Matteo Guendouzi replaced Mkhitaryan. Two minutes after his introduction, Aubameyang gave the Gunners the lead. Ozil was again the architect. His slide rule pass found Bellerin again deep on the right, and the cross fell perfectly for Aubameyang to slot home. Aubameyang’s second with that brilliant move three minutes later sealed the Gunners win, with Lacazette narrowly failing to increase Arsenal’s tally from close in after Iwobi and Ozil caused mayhem for the Foxes deep on the left.

Ozil’s Arsenal opener was his 30th goal in the Premier League, making him the highest scoring German in England’s top flight, while this latest Arsenal victory means that Emery has overseen a 2007 record equalling ten game winning run in all competitions, with seven of those wins coming in the Premier League. The Gunners are now up to fourth in the Premier League table. Leicester will rue their inability to capitalise from their opener in the capital, they were good value for half an hour, but that was before a quite brilliant masterclass from Ozil.

Emery said: “It was good in the second half, and we finished well in the first half. We started cold maybe.The progression in the 90 minutes was good and we played with good attitude and level in our quality. The victory is a big one and we deserved it.

“Each match and training Ozil’s commitment is very good. The players are working and helping each other. The performance of the team and also with Mesut was very good. A good result and good goals – the team was only missing the first 30 minutes.”