Is ‘balanced’ Arsenal star now world’s best number 10?

The Arsenal and Germany international star has had his fair share (or unfair in my opinion) since he came to the English Premier League from Spain’s La Liga a little over three years ago, but Mesut Ozil now seems to have won over most people, with the odd exception such as the font of all football knowledge that is Michael Owen.

Last season, for instance, Ozil was widely praised for his brilliant skills and creativity, with the stats showing him to be the most creative player in Europe with his tally of stats and chances created. This is nothing new, of course, as our number 11 also topped the assist charts in La Liga for Real Madrid the year before he left and was joint top in the 2010 World Cup and also Euro 2012.

However, the claim for Ozil being the best number 10 on the planet has always been harmed by his lack of goals, until now that is. His six goals from eight games so far this season do not appear to be just a purple patch either, because the German is notably getting into more scoring positions and is clearly looking to shoot more often than before, as Arsene Wenger spoke about in a Sky Sports report.

The prof said, “He looks like he has got a taste to score goals because he goes more behind, before he only liked to come to the ball and provide.

“We want him to be the provider and the scorer. It looks like he’s slowly moving to the better balance.

“Maybe the confidence is high. Maybe we have a good balance in the team at the moment. Maybe we make more of our chances.

“Is that because the final ball is better? Is that because our finishing is better?”

Wenger spoke last week about how good Mesut was at scoring goals in training, so now that he is taking that onto the pitch, have Arsenal got the best number 10 in the business?


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  1. If he can score 20 goals, and also provide 40 assists I will be more than happy!
    He is scoring now, but he is not getting the assists. Maybe its too early to judge. Wenger wants every player to be a centre-forward nowadays (except Giroud!)

    1. Which is more important goals or assists..Its such an asset to see Ozil getting into the goals now.Means we not even reliant on the top CF we all wanted before the end of the season – With goals from Ozil, Sanchez, Theo, Ox and we know Perez will score soon – Who cares who gives the assist anymore.

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