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….