The signing sent shockwaves throughout the league to say Arsenal were back, gunning for the title and willing to spend money on world class talent to get it.
The signing of Mesut Ozil seems to have taken Arsenal to another level, as fellow players such as Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and even Nicklas Bendtner have benefited and performed admirably with the help from the assist king.
The German international has started 16 Premier League games this season, scoring four goals but assisting a further seven – unsurprisingly leading Arsenal’s assist charts. Naturally, Ozil is at ease with the ball at his feet, averaging 64.3 passes per match with a pass success rate of 87.7%
However, despite helping the Gunners top the table going into 2014 and maintaining that position with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Monday night, Mesut Ozil appears to be a victim of his high standards and extraordinary talent.
Former Arsenal utility player Stewart Robson has not been too impressed, flying into a mini-tirade against the German and calling him ‘the worst midfield player for Arsenal in recent weeks’
‘In recent weeks he’s been the worst midfield player for Arsenal’
‘Other players have done much better and been more effective than him’
‘Too many times he’s come short for the ball, yes other players are trying to run beyond him but I don’t think he’s been as effective’
‘I think the Arsenal fans are just suggesting his work rate hasn’t been particularly good’
‘He has a problem when he’s out on the left-hand side, when the opposition’s right back starts to get forward he doesn’t want to go back, it means of the midfield players has to come out and defend out there’
‘He’s had a good season, but he hasn’t been the outstanding player for Asenal'.
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