Does Mesut Ozil deserve the tag of best No.10 in the world?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has claimed that Mesut Ozil is the best attacking midfielder in the world, but is the Arsenal midfielder getting a little ahead of himself?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Ozil and when he is on form he is definitely amongst the best out there, but his inconsistencies surely rule him out as the creative best?

Much of the opening months of the campaign we had to endure what can only be described as a number of unmotivated performances, and thankfully over the last months he has been our best player.

The German international is our key performer currently, and should relish the creative talents that he is now working with in Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, and the latter is also looking forward to working alongside his new partners in crime.

“Yes of course, not only us three but as well the players that are playing next to us.

“They are having a big impact on the team’s success and the playing style of Arsenal and of course we are trying to do the best.

“Everyone knows that Mesut is one of the best players in the world. ‘It’s only happiness and joy to play next to him because he understands very well the football game, he has great vision, he has amazing technique and he’s the best in his position.”

Does Ozil deserve the tag of best no. 10 in the world? When he is on form is there anyone who can compete?

Pat J


  1. gotanidea says:

    It is normal that Mkhitaryan praises one of his colleagues, to get more support from him in and out of the field. But if Ozil is the best no 10 in the world, how about Messi, the god of football that wears no 10 jersey?

    When Ozil came, we expected him to give tons of assists to Walcott, Giroud, Podolski, Welbeck, Perez, Sanchez and Lacazette, but it rarely happens. Let us see whether Ozil can create more assists for Aubameyang.

    If you ever watched Spain vs Italy or Spain vs Albania in the World Cup qualification matches, you would see how Isco, Thiago and Silva chased, tackled and pressurized their opponents. In my opinion, that is the type of creative midfielders/ playmakers Arsenal really need.

  2. TH14atl says:

    Hard to know the answer to this question, as Wenger hasn’t really played him there since he went to a 3 back, and then last week in the 433 pushed him back out wide again.

    We’re a team that appears to not have a senior natural winger in the squad, so we take our 2 best 10s and play them wide. Just unbalancing the team even further. I’ll never understand what’s in Arsene’s mind any more.

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    Haven’t really noticed Ozil since he signed that ridiculous over the top new contract. Was he playing against Spurs? A tough away game, where you expect your ‘so called’ WC players to step up, more often than not. Oh well, I’m sure he’ll have a blinder against the giants of European football…Ostersund’s, and we can then all wax lyrical about him again! £350k p/w well spent!

    1. jon fox says:

      He is what is known as a flat track bully! Great against the poor teams but generally poor against the top teams. The term started in cricket but is now fully understood across many sports and Ozil is , as you say, a prime example. GREAT TEAMS HAVE ELEVEN PLAYERS WHO WORK THEIR SOCKS OFF EVERY GAME.

      1. AY75 says:

        So, Özil has never had a good game against a top team……… wow………. the team plays crap, but it’s thanks to Özil we lost……… how many chances is required to create to get an assist…… make ccomparisons with other top playmakers, and you’ll notice he’s up there with them…….. and what most of you do not realise is, even if we had KdB instead of Özil, there won’t be any difference with regards to the number of goals we score, heck, I’m willing to to bet it’s going to take a turn for the worse………. I mean, how did he not break Henry’s record that season?, and it’s not as if he stopped creating chances

    2. Thomo says:

      Thats correct as soon as he signed back to the same old ozil

  4. Waleed adams says:

    With all you hating so much on our players who needs haters what kind of supporters diss their players so. Like fans have a problem with Wenger I have a problem with them for more then 1 reason of you look to any of the top 6 teams in the epl then you will understand where I’m coming from Wenger himself don’t seem to understand why playing away is different to Latin at home its simple the 12th man and like we am know being the fans. What I’m on about if teams travel to Liverpool, man United, man city, Tottenham or even Chelsea the fans get behind their team they can play how bad on their day they’ll get booed off the pitch but yet will get cheered on and if their team play great they will cheer even louder but coming to the so called arsenal fans it’s a whole different story all together the good apart. All I’d love to say if you don’t like where arsenal is at the moment make your anger felt in some other form like me if our team play bad I go n sleep it off cause of being depress but I will never boo my team that I claim I love so much supporting a team is like a marriage where you support your partner through whatever life throw at you but not by breaking down the already fragile spirits. It was asked before on the site with our fans who needs haters not only do we get n receive the worst possible lashing from media but also fans please do everybody a favour and go and support a other team and I thank use

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Although I agree with what you say, you have to realise that it’s special circumstances with Arsenal. ALL other clubs make changes to try and rectify problems, which pleases the fans, and raises optimism (even if it’s only temporary), but this NEVER happens at Arsenal! It’s the same problems, and excuses, for over a decade now! After all this time, it’s no surprise the majority of our fans outlook is more pessimistic, than optimistic.

      Even after the January we’ve just had, I still had ZERO optimism. Why? Because I knew that our new signings were going to be coached by Wenger. Although it’s way too early to judge, the signs are already not looking good considering how woeful we were against Spurs. Our new signings really flopped in their first big test for Arsenal.

  5. Innit says:

    I think Mkhitaryan will be a good backup to Ozil as well as partner with Ozil. Originally I wanted Draxler or Mahrez to come here but I am very happy with Mkhitaryan
    I think Mkhitaryan seems happier here than at United which is also a good thing

    As far as Ozil being the best #10 in the world. NO, Messi is the best in the world and in the Premier League its a toss up between Ozil, De Bruyne and Hazard. Maradona or Messi being GOAT. But when Ozil is playing at his best, he is World class. Just wish he was more consistent and worked a bit harder.

    Anyway, I am happy to have Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Lacazette in our attack. Wenger did good in January to soften the blow of losing Alexis.

  6. ks-gunner says:

    Lol. The Cl is being played and we have the nerve to speak about our players reputation in the football world.

  7. puntamarina says:

    He needs to improve his workrate as the big teams.

  8. Yossarian says:

    Ozil is definitely one of the best CAMs in the world, when he plays at CAM and is not pushed out wide.

    The problem we have over-and-over is that Wenger prioritises his ‘Favourites’ system over playing to the individual strengths of our players.

    And we all know that every single Arsenal player would look a hell-of-a-lot better if we had a proper DM on the pitch every game.

    1. OxInTheBox says:

      he is a great distributer. but that’s it. he can’t score, dribble, track back, win duels, he gets muscled easily and goes missing for big parts of games and seasons.
      if we had 2 top CM we might could afford it, but now we suffer.
      getting him on a 350k a week for 3.5 years at his age is insane. for that kind of money you get big games winner and a leader, Ozil is neither

      1. MW supporter says:

        Rubbish, not even worthy of further comment.

        1. MW supporter says:

          I mean the comment not the player.

          1. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter says:

            Ozil is a World Cup winner with Germany and has been named German player of the year on a number of occasions. He is no mug.
            However with Arsenal Ozil often plays wide, rather than centrally in mid field and is not supported by robust ball winning/defensive midfielders, as he is when playing for the German national team.

          2. OxInTheBox says:

            so Ozil can do those things i said he can’t?

          3. Jan says:

            Yes he can.

  9. Abu says:

    When Miki played as a RW, he did well by providing 3 assists in the 5 goals scored against Everton. I said, it’s like we have finally found the best amongst lots competing for that position. Ozil was also good in his position to make those pases behind the defense and our new ST will show what we have been lacking since Henry left Arsenal
    Instead of AW to keep Miki in same position against T******** he played him at LW, it was a disaster. The numbskull couldn’t read through the game for the two players to switch positions.. Really, the players that left or counted as deadwood the only deadwood now is no other than AW.. #factchecked

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