Ozil v Ozil: Stark differences between Arsenal star v Galatasaray and Dortmund

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil put in a highly improved performance at home to Galatasaray.


Mesut Ozil's first Champions League game of the season was an unmitigated disaster.

His bounce-back game against Galatasaray was far improved, as shown starkly in the graphic above.

Ozil created five goalscoring opportunities, compared to the one against Borussia Dortmund.

Even more notable was the low figure of three completed passes in the final third in Germany, while at The Emirates against Galatasaray he managed 28.

The whole Arsenal side were much improved in the 4-1 win, and Ozil was a key part of that.

Notable in the German international's rejuvenation, was Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger playing him in his preferred role.

Against Dortmund, Ozil was played out wide, while versus Galatasaray he got the nod to play through the centre.

Ozil created as many chances as Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck combined.

After a shock to the system a fortnight ago, Ozil is warming up nicely for Arsenal's clash with Chelsea at the weekend, and will be needed to produce a similarly stirring performance.

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