Mesut Ozil has cut a regenerated figure since his return from injury, proving a formidable creative force for Arsene Wenger's Champions League-chasing side. The 26-year-old was at his innovative best for Arsenal on the weekend, providing goals for Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky in the club's 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday.
He fashioned a match-best five key passes, while assisting two strikers, with his well-placed corner and classy cutback, being enough to secure three points for the Emirates outfit. He had a tremendous influence in the final third, thanks his excellent control and vision, in a performance reminiscent to those we witnessed in his first few months at the club.
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Unsurprisingly, after a disappointing midweek defeat to Monaco, he looked slightly lethargic. Nevertheless, he still maintained his composure. His distribution was excellent, as we have come to expect, as he completed 91.5% of his total attempted passes - a better success rate than any other player involved.
He managed two attempts at goal himself, both of which ultimately missed the target. He perhaps should have scored himself when one-one-one with Howard, while he struck another attempt from distance over the bar. This represented one of very few negatives in the German's display.
Having created two goals against the Toffees, Ozil becomes the player with the third best assist to minute rate in Premier League history, behind former Arsenal stars Jose Reyes and Cesc Fabregas. Furthermore, he is the second most prolific provider of goals in the Premier League since moving to North London just under two seasons ago.
Ozil's form hasn't always been that expected of a £42.5 million signing, but Arsene Wenger seems to finally be getting the performances reminiscent of the player he thought he had signed a little over 18 months ago. Ozil has made an exceptional start to 2015, and the Emirates faithful will be hoping to see this influential form continue.