You would think that the critics would have learned their lessons about the Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil by now, especially after last season when despite still being accused of being lazy and not having enough influence our number 11 covered more miles than most and had the best creative stats in all of the big leagues around Europe.
Obviously not though, as I have seen lots of articles in the football media questioning the German’s form, mainly because the king of the assists has yet to provide one this season. Time to panic and wonder whether Ozil has lost it? Not quite Gooners.
In fact a closer look at his stats on the squawka.com website show you that he is actually performing pretty well for the Gunners. No assists maybe, but he does already have two Premier League goals to his name. He also has the best passing accuracy (91 percent) in the Arsenal team and has created more scoring chances (13) than any of his team mates.
Alex Iwobi is the top assister with three but he has only created seven chances so you can see that the finishing of the chances can play a big part in a player’s creative stats. And we should remember that stats do not tell the whole story.
The fact is that Ozil’s ability and vision are massive for the fluent type of football Arsenal play and most things go through the German. So let’s not be suckered in by his critics and just enjoy Mesut Ozil doing his thing shall we?