The stats involved in this article about the Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil were made before the Gunners´trip to Loftus Road to face QPR in the Premier League, so may have changed a little but not much.
The German playmaker has been the subject of so many articles in the football media since he made the transfer from La Liga giants to Arsenal in the last days of last season´s summer transfer window. Most of them have not been too favourable and that is an understatement.
Ozil started well but dropped off in his debut season before getting injured. And this season he took some time to get going after the World Cup triumph in Brazil, before another injury lay-off stopped his good form. So plenty of people have had their say about him being a waste of money and a flop in English football, but these OPta stats in a Metro report tell a different story.
The player who came with the tag of being king of assists has actually done what is says on the tin and is the third most prolific provider of goals in EPL history, just behind Cesc Fabregas and another former Gunner Reyes. Ozil also scored seven goals last season and already has four this time and that is pretty good when you conside how little he has played.
Then you have the bad, in another stat report by Metro which suggests that his recent return has had a terrible effect on the form of Alexis Sanchez, who has just one assist and no goals in the seven games since Ozil´s comeback.
Ozil certainly seems to be a bit of a strange player who can divide opinion like no other. Is he languid and cultured or just lazy? Is he brilliant or boring, anonymous or the oil in Arsenal´s gears?