Posted on October 05, 2016 by ADMIN

What has happened to Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil?

Last season Mesut Ozil was the star of the Arsenal show. He was creating hundreds of chances in every game, and would surely have broken Thierry Henry’s assist record if our strikers (especially Olivier Giroud) had have not been so profligate in front of goal in the second half of the season. He even broke the record for the amount of chances created in one game, albeit in a game we drew 0-0! (Southampton).

Okay Ozil has scored two goals this season in his eight games played, while the team has alreached reached 16 League goals, but amazingly the German hasn’t created one assist! And if you add the last 8 matches from last season, we will find the drought actually started last season and he has only created one single assist in his last 16 appearances for the Gunners.

Already Santi Cazorla (with 2)and Alex Iwobi (with 3) are both ahead of Ozil’s usual figures. But is this simply because Ozil is playing badly or is there another reason?

Ozil is playing in the same position as last season, and against Burnley for example he made 80 passes. 72 of them reached their target but not one of them ended up as a shot, either on or off target!

These are worrying stats for Arsenal fans, as it is unlikely that Wenger is going to take the risk of dropping Ozil from the starting line-up. I guess it doesn’t matter at the moment as we are scoring goals and winning anyway, but just think how many we would have scored if the midfielder had been as clinical as at the beginning of last season….


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21 thoughts on “What has happened to Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil?

  1. Wayne Barker

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  2. mkgooner

    Let’s not lie to ourselves. Ozil is inconsistent. Has been as long as I can remember. He’s a patchy player we just need to hope there’s a patch of the purple variety coming soon

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    1. Arsenal_Girl

      Ozil wasn’t patchy last season. He was awesome the whole season
      He led the league in assists and could have broken Henry’s record but for poor finishing by our strikers. We wouldn’t have finished 2nd without him.

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    2. mkgooner

      I agree that without Ozils form we would not have come second. Even then on the first day of the season vs west ham he was heavily criticised (i still remember all those Reece oxford memes) and at the end of the season he wasnt as good either (still performing well, but not consistently at his peak) All I am saying is he has far more off days than other WC players

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    1. Fatboy Gooney

      Hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚ Of course you would let him Go ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Simply Because you’re a goner forever lol ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. Fatboy Gooney

    There’s nothing drastically wrong with Ozil, he is probably pacing himself for a long hard season by keeping his game extra simple, just like his passing of late.
    That’s all it is unless you want some conspiracy theory added to it to spice things up? Lol.๐Ÿ˜‚
    And heres one for the die hards:
    How about Giroud and Ozil have got some Beef between them since the end of last season? ๐Ÿ˜‰During the summer before the Euro’s kicked off, Ozil was in the spotlight for liking a post on Instagram which mocked Giroud for his untold missed chances which cost Ozil the chance to smash Henry’s assists record and We all know that Giroud has a very sensitive Ego, especially after the way he reacted to Henry’s comments of “Arsenal won’t win the league all the while that Giroud is playing up front” And in the end Henry had to come out and rephrase his statement because Giroud wouldn’t let it go. We also had Giroud trying to convince Sissoko to join Arsenal instead of the spuds, what was that about? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Was he trying to find competition for Ozil? Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
    So there you go ‘Conspiracy theory’ fan’s, there’s a problem between Giroud and Ozil lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ Which may explain why both player’s are missing …. One physically and the other mentally. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  5. pubgooner

    Maybe Ozil is missing Giroud. Last season he created all that assists for Giroud. Ollie was in the box always lurking. This season sanchez wanders off and there is no one in the box. So many times I see Ozil hanging onto the ball for a movement in the box, nothing in the box so he has to pass sideways again and again. Against Chelshit he was awesome!

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  6. gotanidea

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    1. Fatboy Gooney

      Hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚ I gotanidea aswell… “Stop Having Idea’s! ” ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    2. Break-on-through

      Got-an-idea. Ball control? What is ball control to you, Ozil has one of the deftest touches your likely to see, his one touch is impeccable, he knows where the ball is at all times, meaning it’s under control. And passing accuracy, wtf, to be the games top assister I’m pretty sure you need some accuracy. Splitting defences is the most difficult pass you can make, it’s not gonna be like a CM who has six to 8 men to aim for. Ridiculous stuff you’re talking.

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  8. Twig

    Maybe that has something to do with Alexis moving central? It also means Ozil has less space to play… Unsurprisingly, Alexis’ own assist stats have gone up the roof!

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    1. Break-on-through

      Alexis does be in the box more than Giroud was. Ozil has three fast players making runs, there’s no excuses. I heard another person say now that Santi has more freedom it’s because of him wanting to get forward, and before that I heard someone say it was Ramsey whenever Ozil was in a patchy spell. The truth is Ozil is drifting all over the place as he always done, but he’s been barely even attempting killer balls never mind making them. He needs to get closer to Alexis, or whoever is in and around the box, he needs to play as a second striker, the way most do when behind the front man. Ozil is just out of form, we’ve always had numbers pouring forward, this is nothing new to Ozil, he’s used to congestion and is our go to man when in tight games, so I highly doubt this theory of yours.

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  9. Vlad

    Form is temporary, class is permanent. Even when he doesn’t assist, he’s still somehow involved. Pretty much everything runs thru him one way or another. Ozil will come good, so stop worrying and spreading panic.

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  10. AidanGooner

    While he’s clearly not playing at top form, he’s also not doing nearly as terribly as that 1 assist in 16 matches suggest, I think. We also haven’t been clinical in finishing his passes/would-be assists. He is making an average of 2.2 key passes so far this season in the league. For comparison- Iwobi 1.4, Cazorla 1.4, (despite their greater number of assists) David Silva 2.8, De Bruyne is on 3.3, Mata 0.8, Pogba 1.8, Coutinho 2.3, Firmino 3.3, Eriksen 2.3, Alli 1.9, Oscar 2.2, Hazard 1.7. I guess he should ideally be reaching the heights of Firmino/De Brunye as he is up there with the very best.

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  11. jermaineBryan

    Ozil has been blowing hot and cold so far he has two good games followed by two average games. At Chelsea he was magnificent wearas Paris and hull were poor games for him

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  12. tissiam

    we should leave ozil alone,i know that he hasn’t been at his best yet but i,d rather have him struggle now while the rest of the team is firing on all cylinders,it,s a long season and i truly believe that he will come good when we are struggling&depending on him he ,ll start racking up the numbers of assist,his slow start to the season might be because after recovering from the euros it is taking him a bit longer to get going again compared to other players but not to worry because”FORM IS TEMPORARY BUT CLASS IS PERMANENT”.

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  13. Uche Edochie

    It is hard to say what exactly is responsible for the Ozil slump but guess what? We are stronger this season because we now have different play makers and players capable of winning us games. Walcot, Sanchez, Iwobi, Koscielny, Perez and Xhaka are turning up and scoring goals plus assists. Maybe Ozil is not used to not having the entire game relying on him. We used to rely on him heavily last season but not so anymore. This is good. But I hope he turns up because when he does, we will be even better. In the mean time, I read somewhere that we want to bring back fabregas in january for a fee of around 20 mil. What do you guys think? If it is true, I think we should go for it. Cesc is a gunner through and through and it helps to know that if Ozil is below form, we have a ready replacement who can be just as devastating. If Fabregas comes in, we can let carzola go if we cannot work out a renewal of his contract.

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