Dispelling the criticism: Six areas Ozil is above average in the league

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is above the Premier League average in a number of key areas this season.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been criticised for his form throughout this season but statistically he’s above average in a number of key areas.

The German has been inconsistent and frustrating at times as he’s struggled in games like the defeat to Chelsea while excelling in the win away at Aston Villa.

 Numbers per game PositionTeamGoal Assist Goals Duel Won Dribbles Won  Accurate PassesTouches AppearancesMins Played
Mesut Özil MF Arsenal 0.17 0.17 5 2.83 58.83 86.5 6 540
Premier League Average - - 0.07 0.1 3.98 0.64 27.06 47.75 4.66 332.47

In terms of goals and assists this season, Ozil is barely above the Premier League average and could certainly do more in those areas; he has one goal and one assist from league performances so far this season.

When he goes up against opposition players he’s proving to be difficult to get the better of, using his core strength to win a higher than average number of defensive duels while also using his skill in possession at speed to win a high number of dribbles.

In terms of his passing and touch numbers this season, it shouldn’t be a major surprise that he’s way above average in both.

Arsenal are a predominantly passing side and one of Ozil’s best qualities is the way he passes effectively and protects possession.

The number of touches he’s having compared to the league average also shows Ozil is getting into positions where he can get on the ball and get involved in games. It’s just unfortunate that in recent matches when he’s got a touch of the ball, it’s often been in a wide area where it’s more difficult for him to create chances.

Ozil will be an important player for the Gunners this season and he needs to start putting some physical elements in terms of more goals and assists to his solid stats from the season so far.

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