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Graphic: Staggering stats prove Mesut Ozil is having a superb season
Mesut Ozil is enjoying a sensational season at Arsenal, and the stats prove it.
The German is often criticised for his apparent lack of effort on the pitch [despite stats proving he covers as much ground as any other player during the 90 minutes] but his impact in the final third in undeniable.
The one statistic that sticks out is that Ozil has provided 13 assists in just 15 games so far this season – that’s six more than his nearest Premier League rival and five clear of anyone else in Europe this campaign.
To have racked up 13 assists at this stage of the season has only ever been done once before when Angel Di Maria did it for Real Madrid in 2011/12, and he had played one more game than our Mesut.
To top one stat is impressive enough. However, Ozil ranks first in an incredible FOUR key statistics when comparing his contribution this season to any other players in Europe in recent years.
Mesut has set-up 65 shots at goal in just 15 league games. Nuri Sahin achieved 61 in 2010/11 while at Borrusia Dortmund, but no player has ever topped Ozil’s numbers.
The German has also created the most ‘big chances’ – equalling the 16 that Cesc Fabregas and Henrikh Mikhitaryan have previously achieved – while he’s also provided the most ‘expected assists’ – again equalling the number Fabregas set-up in 2013/14.
So the stats below prove that Ozil is having a sensational season in terms of creativity in the final third. You may not appreciate his languid body-language at times but there is no denying he is the most in-form No.10 in Europe right now….and he plays for the Arsenal.