Stats - Five ways Mesut Ozil can hurt Sunderland

Mesut Ozil will make his eagerly anticipated debut for Arsenal against Sunderland this weekend.

Arsenal’s German superstar is likely to go straight into the side following his £42.5 million transfer and Gunners everywhere should be very excited at the prospect of what he could do to the Black Cats.

Here are five main ways Ozil can tear apart Sunderland.


He has a successful passing rate of 84.5% from his two domestic performances for Real Madrid this season.

Add to that the 99% successful passing rate he produced for Germany against Austria during the international break and it’s clear the guy knows how to pass a football.

If he is given a central role in the side, expect to see him linking up the midfield as well as looking to provide easy passes through for Olivier Giroud.


Ozil came up with 30 assists in La Liga football in the two seasons prior to this one which shows he’s very effective when it comes to laying on chances for other players.

Arsenal will have a lot of the ball during the match with Sunderland if he can control possession in that gap between midfield and attack, he is more than good enough to be able to lay on chances for several players to score goals.

That’s supported through the fact he’s making five key passes per game on average this season.


Ozil doesn’t lose possession too often.

This season he’s losing the ball 0.5 times per game on average making it very clear that once he gets the ball, it’s very difficult to get it off of him again.

That’s significant as far as the Gunners are concerned because it means they have a greater chance of being able to maintain pressure over Sunderland inside their own defensive third.


His passing and possession skills are not limited to central areas.

He’s making 2.5 key crosses per game this season on average which shows he’s intelligent enough to know when to move wide and make the most of any space down the wings.

His passing accuracy means that when he does have a chance to put crosses into the box, there’s a very good chance his intended target will get on the end of one.


All of his passing and possession stats are backed up and improved by the fact he can run well with the ball; two key dribbles per game on average from his performances this season.

If he can control the ball while moving at good speed, it becomes even harder for the opposition to dispossess him, tackle him or to knock him off the ball.

Where do you think Ozil will hurt Sunderland most?

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