Mesut Ozil shines on Arsenal debut
Aaron Ramsey's double helped Arsenal's club record signing Mesut Ozil enjoy a winning debut in a stormy 3-1 Premier League victory at Sunderland on Saturday.
Ozil underlined why the Gunners invested 43 million pounds (51.3 million euros, USD 68.3 million) to lure him from Real Madrid with a role in two of his side’s three goals as they were pushed all the way by their hosts, who remain without a league win this season.
But Arsenal were indebted to a controversial second-half decision from referee Martin Atkinson to rule out what appeared a perfectly good goal for the hosts from Jozy Altidore, with the visitors ahead by a single goal at the time.
Ramsey doubled the advantage shortly afterwards in the 76th-minute, swapping passes with Ozil and Olivier Giroud to beat Keiren Westwood with a confident finish from inside the area. On this early evidence, Ozil’s hefty transfer fee is money well spent.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen made his Tottenham debut and played his part in both of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goals in a 2-0 victory over Norwich at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
The Denmark international set up Sigurdsson’s opener in the first half before having a hand in his team-mate doubling the lead after the break. It meant victory in Spurs’ first game since Gareth Bale’s official departure for Real Madrid, with Eriksen earmarked as the man to give them creativity in the absence of the Welsh winger.