It is not just the assists that our German international playmaker provides that make him such a big player for Arsenal, but the all round quality of Mesut Ozil to see a pass and play it perfectly. he knits together the rest of the team and is often the creative spark that unlocks a determined defence.
Ozil has also disproved the previously held theories that he is lazy or that he goes missing in big games or that he is too lightweight a player to cut it in the English Premier League. There were some concerns this season about his run of games without an assist, which stretched back to the end of last season when he was stuck on one behind the EPL record of our own Thierry Henry, but they have started to flow once more and he bagged another in the comeback win over Ludogorets.
What has been most noticeable about the attacking midfielder this season, however, is the goals he has been scoring. Not just the number of them either, although seven for the season so far is fairly re,arkable as it is just one behind his best Arsenal haul of eight from last season.
It is the quality of his recent goals that has been noticeable as well, highlighted once again this week by that late winner in Bulgaria. Drive, skill and ruthless finishing as well as getting himself into scoring positions a lot more is making Ozil into a hugley influential player for us and the former Gunners striker Charlie Nicholas thinks he is the best of the current squad by some distance and in a Sky Sports report he suggested that this extra level could make all the difference in big games like the one against Tottenham on Sunday.
Nicholas said, “He comes from another planet that no other Arsenal player has found yet.
“He’s got loads of good talent and loads of good movement. Ozil was absolutely wonderful.
“He proved his point against Chelsea when they had stumbled for so long against Chelsea. He was a big player and scored a goal that day.
“They are at Spurs at the weekend and then after the international break away at Old Trafford.
“These are must-win games where big-time players need to turn up for the big events.”
Another person full of admiration for Ozil was his Arsenal teammate Hector Bellerin who did not travel due to a minor injury. He clearly watched the game though and was quick to heap praise on the4 German for his winning goal.
The Spaniard tweeted, “Mesut? I mean, we know you are good bro, but WOW!! @MesutOzil1088”
I think Alexis Sanchez might have something to say about it, but do you think Ozil is our best player at the minute? And will he be the difference against the spuds?