The stats that prove Mesut Ozil plays better for Arsenal than he does for Germany

Ozil has been oft criticised in his debut season in England, but his form at club level has been better than his World Cup showing so far.

It has been a frustrating season for Mesut Ozil, with his best form seemingly evading him since his transfer to Arsenal last summer.

After signing for Arsene Wenger’s side he was expected to be the man to make them genuine title contenders again and, although Arsenal sustained a challenge up until the new-year, their season took a familiar path, with the club failing away in the closing stages and slumping to a fourth placed finish.

It has led to Ozil’s £42 million price-tag coming into question, with the German’s performances often lacking the innovation and creation he was expected to bring to the team.

Ozil established himself as one of the finest attacking midfielders in the world at Real Madrid and although there have been glimpses of genius at the Emirates he has not sustained his form for long enough to silence his critics in his first year in English football.

It has been a similar story at the World Cup, too. His position came under threat after a series of mediocre games for his nation, which led to calls for many Germany supporters to drop him from the line-up for their World Cup campaign.

However, Joachim Loew, as Arsene Wenger did, has persisted with Ozil – trusting him to be the creative fulcrum for his team and help them to be successful.

Last night his trust was fully vindicated, too. The 25-year-old was back to his brilliant best, drifting in between the Brazilian defence and causing them all sorts of problems with his awareness on and off the ball, in Der Mannschaft’s 7-1 demolition of the hosts.

Ozil’s role for Germany is slightly different to his one for Arsenal, with his nation adopting a more interchangeable system which gives him more freedom to roam and try and find spaces between opposition midfield and defenders, although he is ordinarily stationed in a wide position for his country.

But, even with this mesmeric display, the stats, as evidenced by the table below, suggest that Ozil’s form in an Arsenal shirt has been far better than his World Cup displays so far.

  TeamPosBig Chance Missed / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsAccurate Pass / appsWon Contest / appsFwd Pass / appsTouches / appsDispossessed / appsAppsMins
Mesut Özil Germany MF 0.67 1.33 43.17 1.83 12.83 63.33 2.00 6 535
  TeamPosBig Chance Missed / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsAccurate Pass / appsWon Contest / appsFwd Pass / appsTouches / appsDispossessed / appsAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 0.23 1.15 55.46 1.73 17.96 79.35 1.31 26 2,149

The former Werder Bremen man is more involved for his club side than his nation, making a considerable amount more touches and passes per game for Arsenal.

These passes are also more incisive, with Ozil happier to pass forward in the red of the Gunners than when wearing his national team’s strip. Ozil is also less wasteful in possession for Wenger’s side and more ruthless in-front of goal, with his miss in the closing stages of last night’s semi-final a prime example of this fact.

It shows that the fact Ozil has played poorly in his first season at Arsenal is a slight misconception.

Granted, he hasn’t reached the heights of his flamboyant best in a Madrid shirt, but considering he is still adapting to the Premier League these stats should be encouraging for Arsenal fans that he can make a considerable impact next season and his performances to date haven't been as poor as some sections have made out.

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