His fan club will inevitably point to his performance against Leicester earlier in the season, when he tortured the Foxes with a first-class display.
The reality is that Ozil is a diva, trying to play the game on his terms after his relationship with Unai Emery crumbled before Sunday’s North London derby.
Judging by their spirit against Spurs, they can move on without him.
THE Holmesdale Fanatics made all the difference at Selhurst Park on Saturday after returning to Crystal Palace for the first time this season.
The noisy Ultras withdrew their support in August after a row with the club over their demands to move to a new position behind the goal.
But with Palace struggling to recreate their famous atmosphere and failing to win at home, the Fanatics announced on Friday that they would be back for the Burnley game.
Judging by the racket they made, urging Roy Hodgson’s players on to a rare home win, the Fanatics made all the difference.
THE Copa Libertadores second leg should be cancelled for good after the shameless marketing ploy to move it to Madrid.
River Plate and Boca Juniors must play it within the spirit of the competition, agreeing to meet each other in the second leg in Buenos Aires.
That is where the game was due to be played and they cannot allow a few knuckleheads to stop supporters of both Argentinian clubs to watch their teams in the final of such a prestigious competition.
TOTTENHAM faced the usual cheap shots after losing the North London derby 4-2, but this has still been a hugely successful week for them.
To beat Chelsea 3-1 and to summon the resources to find a way past Inter Milan is very impressive.
One defeat, even in a North London derby on enemy territory, does not ruin a season.
ASTON VILLA are on a big run under their astute new manger Dean Smith.
They have a cavalier style, showing no fear after beating second city rivals Birmingham just days after winning at Derby 3-0.
The crazy 5-5 at home to Nottingham Forest aside, they underlined their promotional credentials again at the weekend with a thumping 3-0 victory at Middlesbrough.
If then beat West Brom on Friday, Villa will start to think they can go on to pinch one of the automatic promotion spots before the season is out.
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