Arsenal’s best player heading into Burnley clash

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has really come into form over the past few months.

Arsenal head to Turf Moor on Saturday having won 10 of their last 11 Premier League matches, a run which is every bit title-winning form.

A number of players have stepped up a gear in recent months, making it almost impossible to highlight a particular player for praise when the whole team have given so much.

However, owing to the heavy criticism which has often been fired his way over the past 15 months, Germany international Mesut Ozil deserves every single plaudit that heads his way.

Outspoken pundit Michael Owen isn’t shy in voicing his criticism towards the World Cup winner, recently telling the Daily Mail that he is of no match for Liverpool duo Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.

Yet, on recent form, there is clearly only one winner as Ozil heads into the Gunners’ clash with Burnley as arguably the Premier League’s most effective playmaker.

  GoalsAssistsShotsKey PassesTake-ons per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Mesut Özil 1 2 2 4 2.25 76.25 48.25 5.5 4

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, since the beginning of March the former Real Madrid man has excelled in a number of attacking categories.

Aside from finding the net once and adding two assists, Ozil has averaged as many as four chances and 2.25 successful take-ons per Premier League encounter.

In possession, the 26-year-old has been as reliable as ever, averaging 76.25 touches and 48.25 completed passes per game while also showing his eagerness to track back, illustrated by his average 5.5 ball recoveries.

Burnley’s David Jones highlighted Alexis Sanchez as the Gunners’ key man ahead of the encounter, as covered by the Daily Star, and the opposition players paying too much attention to the Chilean star has helped take the focus off Ozil.

Arsene Wenger’s men are big favourites heading in to the clash with the relegation candidates, and owing to their attacking brilliance and form it wouldn’t be surprising to see them bag a few goals in the process.

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