£42.4m Arsenal star is currently the best in Europe – at what?

German international Mesut Ozil has proved why the Gunners paid a reported £42.4m for his services.

The former Real Madrid man has been an instant hit at the Emirates stadium both on and off the pitch.

Following his reported £42.4m move from the Bernabeu, the Gunners’ number 11 has his popularity grow immensely. In a recent review, it was revealed that the German international ranked third in the official list of bestselling named shirts in the world.

On the field, the German has performed better. The 25-year-old has found the net four times, as well as picking up a further eight assists in 19 Premier League starts – helping the Gunners top the table with just three months of the season remaining.

Nicknamed the assist king throughout Spain during his time in Madrid, Ozil picked up his fair share of praise from fellow teammates and coaches, including special words from Jose Mourinho as the Portuguese once said:

"Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad copy."

"He is the best number 10 in the world. Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him. He will make history at Real Madrid."

Arsene Wenger has also sung his praises, and on one occasion comparing him to former great Robert Pires, adding:

“I believe that he has a personality,”

“He works quite hard. He is adapting to the physical challenges of the Premier League.”

“He looks to me like Pires. It took a while for Pires to adapt to the physical side of the game. Once he had adapted he was absolutely amazing. He is a similar type of player.”

However, questions were raised whether Ozil could repeat his performances in an Arsenal shirt, yet he has gone beyond expectations and is today officially the most creative player in Europe’s big five leagues.

According to OptaFranz, the Arsenal star has created 65 goalscoring opportunities so far in the 2013/14 season – more than any other player throughout Europe’s top leagues. It is a stat which Arsenal fans can look at proudly, and one they hope will help the team lift that long-awaited Premier League title in May.

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