Arsenal manager Unai Emery admitted he was impressed with Mesut Ozil after the midfielder’s masterclass during the crazy Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool.
Ozil, featuring for the first time in five weeks, produced several moments of quality in the logic-defying last-16 clash, which Arsenal lost 5-4 on penalties after the game finished 5-5 in normal time.
His substitution with half-an-hour remaining sparked bewilderment among fans and his overall performance made his unexplained absence in the last six games even more confusing.
“It was very good,” Emery told talkSPORT when asked about Ozil’s display.
“I think he used tonight to help the team and he’ll take confidence into the next matches.”
Ozil produced two key passes in the build up to Lucas Torreira’s equaliser, a brilliant through-ball before Gabriel Martinelli’s second and a wonderful flick for Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ strike.
And that piece of skill was just one of several moments which defied logic in a jaw-dropping match.
Joe Willock thought he’d won it with a strike worthy of the occasion, but Divock Origi equalised in the last minute of stoppage time to send the ten-goal thriller to penalties.
And the hosts won the shootout 5-4 as Caoimhín Kelleher saved Dani Ceballos’ spot-kick, allowing 18-year-old Curtis Jones to win it.