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Oezil's firing them on

Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas described Mesut Oezil as "from another planet" after his brilliant individual goal secured Arsenal a 3-2 comeback victory yesterday morning (Singapore time) against Ludogorets Razgrad.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: "(Mesut) Oezil was just different class. He comes from another planet that no other Arsenal player has found yet."

Substitute Mohamed Elneny's pass released the German international, who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and rounded two defenders before slotting home and sealing Arsenal's spot in the last 16.

"He's got loads of talent and loads of good movement. Oezil was absolutely wonderful," Nicholas said of the 28-year-old's performance.

He added: "He proved his point against Chelsea when the Gunners stumbled for so long against them. He was a big player and scored a goal that day.

"They are at Spurs at the weekend and then after the international break away at Old Trafford.

"These are must-win games where big-time players need to turn up for the big events."

On the team, Nicholas said: "Arsenal have got that swagger about them.

"Oezil is in top form, (Alexis) Sanchez and him are knitting together - you have got Olivier Giroud in there fighting too.

"(Theo) Walcott is pushing through with real pace, (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for his position and (Aaron) Ramsey is back in.

"If you look at Barcelona's bench tonight and Real Madrid and Atletico (Madrid), very few have the strength in depth that Arsenal have.

"But can they piece it all together and give it their competitive edge? Is this the time?"

Only time will tell, but there's no doubt they are beginning to show their true mettle.

- Wire Services.


HOTSHOT: Mesut Oezil's goal put the Gunners into the last 16 of the Champions League. PHOTO: REUTERS

MESUT OEZIL'S GOAL CELEBRATION EXPLAINED:

After scoring an amazing winner against Ludogorets Razgrad yesterday morning (Singapore time), Oezil ran to the corner, slid on his knees before sucking his thumb and making his famous "M" shape with his hand.

Oezil first broke out the move back in February 2015, when he dedicated his opener in the North London Derby to his baby niece Mira.

The midfield maestro made an "M" shape with his hand, while sucking his other thumb, after he put his side 1-0 up against Tottenham.

"It's for my brother's daughter Mira, her name starts with an 'M' and she's the first child from my brother and my first niece so she brought a lot of happiness to the family," he explained.

"I love her so much and I want to show her how much I love her so when I score a goal, I do this 'M'."

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