Ozil shines as Arsenal go top of Premier League

AP, Sunday 22 Sep 2013

The German playmaker inspired the Gunners to a 3-1 win over Stoke City

Arsenal's Sagna celebrates after scoring a goal against Stoke City during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium, London (Photo: Reuters)

Arsenal record-signing Mesut Ozil made a potent impact in his home debut on Sunday, setting up all three goals in a 3-1 victory over Stoke to put his new team top of the Premier League.

After just two games, the Germany playmaker has started to repay the 50 million euros ($66 million) Arsenal paid Real Madrid.

Ozil's free kick after five minutes was parried by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Aaron Ramsey stabbed the ball into the net from the rebound.

Although American Geoff Cameron leveled with his first Stoke goal, Per Mertesacker restored Arsenal's lead in the 36th minute by heading in Ozil's corner.

Bacary Sagna was on the end of another Ozil set piece in the 72nd, heading in from the free kick.

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