I think that most, or at least a decent proportion, of Arsenal fans would admit that they would still like to see him score more goals, but the brilliant way that our Germany international Mesut Ozil has kicked off the current season has seen the Gooners and the football media become fulsome in the praise of his talents and the way that he has influenced games for the Gunners.
And the player himself has lifted the lid on what has made his game so great this season. Ozil has always had a good record for the creative side of the game, even though his statistics have really kicked on this season, as you can see in this Metro report which gives 10 different stats which highlight just how great he has been. My personal favourites are that Ozil has created more clear cut chances in the Premier League than the entire Chelsea team have managed, and that he has more assists than the combination of the four other big EPL creators Juan Mata, Coutinho, Hazard and Fabregas.
Ozil has previously admitted that he wants and needs to get more goals himself and it is in the extra training and finishing practice on this side of his game that he feels has been behind his upsurge in form.
The German midfield maestro told Arsenal Player, “After training there are a few shooting drills that can help with self-belief. In general, when you look at my chances in front of goal, I’ve taken them well.
“Every player wants to score goals. I’m intending to score more this season than in previous years. It’s most important for us to perform well and to be successful – I’m looking forward to giving assists or scoring goals.
“My aim is to score more goals this season than in the last two. I think I’m on a good path and will achieve that.
“It all happened quickly [the counter attacking move against Man United that bagged him his league goal]. The move was really fast and when Theo played the ball back to me, I saw the gap in the corner and put it there.
“For me it was very good, it was a very positive game because I scored a goal and gave an assist. It was a special afternoon for me.”
As long as Arsenal are scoring, I suppose it does not matter much to us who is getting his name on the score sheet. But I think we can expect our creator-in-chief to find the back of the net a lot more as his stats show a 67 percent shot accuracy in the EPL and a 100 percent accuracy in the Champions League, where he already has that goal against Bayern Munich.
So how many assists and goals do you think Ozil will bag for us this year?