Arsenal not all about Oezil

Arsenal not all about Oezil

The buzz is back at the Emirates Stadium.

Given the pessimism surrounding Arsenal following their opening-day home loss to Aston Villa, few could have imagined them topping the Premiership table six games on.

Since that shock defeat, the Gunners have gone on to claim 16 points out of a possible 18.

The transfer deadline-day arrival of Mesut Oezil, in particular, has been widely acknowledged as one of the main reasons behind their revival.

But former Arsenal midfielder Michael Thomas feels that the German playmaker is not making all the difference at the London club.

Thomas, 46, is in town for tomorrow's IG Masters Football Sixes tournament.

He was at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday to conduct a coaching clinic for about 40 kids from Darul Ihsan Orphanage, SportCares and Beyond Social Services, as part of the Football Association of Singapore's ongoing outreach programmes involving these three organisations.

Said Thomas: "Oezil's a very good player. He seems to have given the team a little more belief.

"But then again, Arsenal have always been an attacking team, even when they didn't have Oezil.

"So, it's not just about him."

Other players have caught his eye as well.

He lauded midfielder Mathieu Flamini for his reliability and the central defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for their tenacity.

He said: "Mertesacker and Koscielny look solid in the centre of defence.

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