Arsenal boss Wenger waxes lyrical over 'exceptional' Ozil

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German worldwide Ozil struck with a superb header in the 53rd minute at Goodison Park, slipping between two defenders to meet a magnificent left-wing cross from team mate Alexis Sanchez and put Arsenal ahead.

Arsene Wenger has insisted that it is "difficult to believe" Mesut Ozil wants to leave Arsenal when he produces a performance like the one witnessed against Everton.

Ozil created created eight chances against the Toffees - the most by any player in a single Premier League game this season - and finally registered his first assist of the campaign when Lacazette swept home his cut back. "He was sharp physically, very mobile, makes him unsafe about any defender". [Sanchez] was on fire.

Many fans are of the opinion that Ozil doesn't show the expected work-rate, and that his influence isn't always so obvious against so-called "bigger" teams.

"When he is at that level he is an exceptional football player".

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It has all led to recent reports that Ozil could make a shock cut-price January move to Manchester United to be reunited with old coach Jose Mourinho, who oversaw his development at Real Madrid.

"We have to deal with all kinds of speculation when the players are at the end of their contracts", said Wenger.

"The media can come out tomorrow and say that he's extending his contract here.On the exact same, it will not change anything.When you play the next game, commit 100 percent".

Mesut Ozil's header then made it 2-1 to the Gunners in the second half, before Alexandre Lacazette netted his fifth Premier League goal of the season.

Wenger added: "We didn't panic, we maintained our focus on the game, and after that, it looked like it was all us for the rest of the game".

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