Ozil better than any other Arsenal player in which surprising area?

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The German appears to have stepped up his game for the Gunners since returning from injury.

A common perception of Mesut Ozil is that though he is a player of great quality and artistry, he doesn't put in the shift expected by Premier League fans. 

He wouldn't be the first top class footballer to be labelled lazy, uninterested and languid, with Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane, Dimitar Berbatov and even Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp being hit with such accusations during their careers.

Well some data has emerged that seems to indicate the former Real Madrid man is certainly not work shy.

Information gathered by the Telegraph states that the World Cup winner has covered more kilometres than any other Arsenal player since he returned from injury at the beginning of February.

Ozil has run 63.24km since the 5-0 win over Aston Villa on February 1st, more than Santi Cazorla in second place (62.97km) and Francis Coquelin (60.88km), and in three matches has outrun any other Gunners player.

Of those six games, Ozil has played 90 minutes in all but one, and as well as his impressive work rate, the German has scored twice and assisted five times for Arsenal - a spell that has seen the club win five out of six matches. The Telegraph also claim that the 26-year-old is running more now than he was before his injury, increasing his average from 10.48km a match to 10.84km.

Those statistics only leave Ozil, and therefore Arsenal, in 23rd position when it comes to the players who have covered the largest distance in the entire league since early February, not surprisingly indicating that Arsene Wenger's men are a side that like to let the ball do the work for them.

Only time will tell whether Ozil's efforts endear him to Arsenal fans that little bit more, as he is a player that will continue to provoke debate, whatever statistics say. 

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