Arsenal’s record breaking summer signing is currently top of the Premier League table with the Gunners who are riding high and unbeaten in six games but the German maestro is top of the pile in more ways than one…
Mesut Ozil arrived at the Emirates on deadline day of the summer transfer window last month, hailed as the King of the Assist across the continent for his superior assist tally than any other player in Europe over the last three years since his arrival at Real Madrid in 2010.
So far, the 24-yea-old attacking midfielder has lived up to his hype – he’s only made four appearances in the Premier League out of seven fixtures and yet he top the table in terms of assists made – four assists in four appearances. That’s a pretty consistent record so far and one that sees both him and his team lead the Premier League by example.
The Gunners’ new arrival has played less than a handful of games so far and, despite the fact he doesn’t know his new teammates all that well yet, he has managed to lead the league in key passes per game and has averaged a pass completion rate of 88.2 per cent, behind only former Gunners’ attacker Samir Nasri and West Ham’s Stuart Downing who have, incidentally, attempted far far fewer passes overall, whilst behind Ozil, Manchester City’s David Silva is working off a 86.1 per cent completion rate.
I mentioned last week, following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Napoli at home in the Champions League – probably the most comprehensive and dominant performance I’ve seen by Arsenal this season – how important Ozil’s pass completion rates were to the win.
Ozil 91 per cent of his passes overall, 88.5 per cent of his passes in the final third and, in the first half which Arsenal really took complete control over Napoli with their two goals scored by half-time, Ozil’s pass completion rate was 95.5 per cent across the whole pitch and 82 per cent in the final third in which he scored the opener and made the second for Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal are top of the league in the Premier League, top of their group in the Champions League and it’s in large part due to their new top gun Mesut Ozil who leads the English top tier with his average so far of an assist for a teammate in the Premier League every 83.8 minutes for Arsenal who have scored a goal every 40 minutes on average since the arrival of their record signing and now it's hardly a coincidence, Arsenal lead the league on goals scored and Ozil leads the league on goals created.
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