While I have to say that I think some Arsenal fans as well as a lot of football pundits are way too hard on the Gunners’ German international star Mesut Ozil, the fact is that his recent record of providing assists, at club level at least, is not too great.
As we reported here at Just Arsenal last week, the play maker has only made one assist in his last 16 games for Arsenal and even though you can lay some of the blame (or a lot of it) at the feet of our profligate forwards, it is a bit of a worry that Ozil’s assists have dried up.
For a player like Mesut, with his reputation as being the king of assists and the most creative player in all of Europe’s top five leagues last season, his confidence will be based on those stats just as a striker will thrive on scoring goals.
So the stats reported by the Evening Standard after Ozil set up Thomas Muller for Germany’s first in a 3-0 win over Czech Republic on Saturday could be great news for the Gunners. Not only did Ozil bag an assist, he earned his 82nd cap which makes him the most capped player in the current squad.
That set up for Muller also gave Ozil the most assists for Germany since his debut in 2009. Is that just the boost he needed to start setting up goals for Arsenal again?