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Wayne Rooney turned the clock back. But Mesut Ozil made sure the tide could not be turned on the Blue half of Merseyside to give Arsene Wenger the happiest of birthdays.
The German World Cup winner is unhappy over what friends call a “campaign” against him with his contract due to expire this summer.
There were suggestions that he had already told team-mates that he will be off to Manchester United next summer.
But 90 minutes before kick off, he posted a tweet that read “Ignore the noise and stay focused”.
And he followed up that statement of intent with the goal that sent the Gunners to victory as Wenger celebrated his 68th birthday.
Rooney, who announced himself to the wider football world with his glory winner against the Gunners 15 years ago, grabbed more glory just 12 minutes in.
Just like back in October 2002 he unleashed a wonderful right footer that flew into the top corner.
But by the end Everton, reduced to 10 men after Idrissa Gana Gueye was shown a second yellow in the 68th minute, were in disarray and the Everton faithful were calling for boss Ronald Koeman’s head.
Things were a lot, lot better for Ozil and his mates who had begun the game letting fly at Toffees goalkeeper Jason Pickford from all angles.
He stood up to the barrage until being beaten by Nacho Monreal’s deflected 40th minute equaliser.
Ozil, who had dazzled at times in a brilliant all round attacking display by Arsenal, then headed his first goal of the season in the 53rd minute. -THE SUN