Mesut Ozil's 11 best Arsenal moments: how many do you agree with?

Mesut Ozil

With the Germany international on the verge of signing a new contract at the Emirates, Tim Stillman takes a look at some of his career highlights with the Gunners

11. The first goal

Where better to start than the beginning? The German’s first Arsenal goal caught him at his gliding and effortless best, Özil applying the finishing touch to a flowing team move. Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina was left to clutch at thin air as the playmaker's cushioned effort found the back of the net.

10. Look away now

Özil's subtle style means his tricks and flicks can sometimes go undetected in real time. That's what happened when he executed this no-look pass against Chelsea in September, with barely anybody registering what he'd actually done at first glance. Thankfully, a few keen-eyed observers did capture the insouciant flick and repackaged it for our enjoyment.

9. Assist king

There's no one better at setting up goals in the Premier League than Özil. This impudent, first-time flick for Olivier Giroud in a meeting with Aston Villa in February 2015 deserves a special place in his personal hall of fame.

8. #PlayÖzilAt10

For a brief period at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, Arsene Wenger moved Özil to the left wing as he sought to accommodate Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and the former Real Madrid man in the same line-up. The move proved unpopular with Arsenal fans, who created the #PlayÖzilAt10 hashtag in protest. When their wish was granted, the Gunners' central attacking midfielder opened the scoring at Villa Park and provided an assist for Danny Welbeck in a 3-0 triumph. The left-wing experiment was seldom repeated.