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Rejuvenated Ozil lifts Arsenal out of slump

Rejuvenated Ozil lifts Arsenal out of slump, scoring and setting up goal in 3-0 win at Villa

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, right, is tackled by Villa's Fabian Delph during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at V...
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, right, celebrates with Aaron Ramsey, left, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, second left, and Danny Welbeck after scoring against Villa d...
Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, right, celebrates with Mesut Ozil after scoring against Villa during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Vi...
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, left, battles for the ball with Villa's Tom Cleverley during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and A...

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Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, right, is tackled by Villa's Fabian Delph during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at V...

Britain Soccer Premier League

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, right, celebrates with Aaron Ramsey, left, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, second left, and Danny Welbeck after scoring against Villa d...

Britain Soccer Premier League

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, right, celebrates with Mesut Ozil after scoring against Villa during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Vi...

Britain Soccer Premier League

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, left, battles for the ball with Villa's Tom Cleverley during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and A...

LONDON (AP) -- Mesut Ozil answered his critics and lifted Arsenal out of its slump.

Arsenal's record $70-million signing ended an eight-match scoring drought stretching back into last season, and also set up Danny Welbeck's first goal for the club in a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.

The playmaker's influential performance came after manager Arsene Wenger said he should not be a "scapegoat" for a trio of domestic draws and Champions League loss.

The emphatic win ended Villa's unbeaten start to the season.

There were late goals in three of Saturday's games.

Under-pressure Newcastle manager Alan Pardew saw his side stage a late comeback to draw 2-2 with Hull. Queens Park Rangers twice came from behind to also draw 2-2 with Stoke, and Victor Wanyama's 80th-minute goal gave Southampton a 1-0 win at Swansea.


Updated : 2021-10-17 12:34 GMT+08:00