Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was a passing magician in the top of the table clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
The Gunners's record signing was energetic on the left hand side and central areas in the derby match, and was top of the class in a variety of distribution statistics by the final whistle.
Unfortunately for Ozil, what was probably his biggest moment came as the game was nearly over, and it wasn't a positive one. Nacho Monreal cut into the Chelsea box from the left, and cut it back to the German on the near post, who swung a left boot at it but completely failed to connect properly. It was arguably Arsenal's best chance and Ozil was hugely disappointed afterwards.
But Gunners supporters should take a look at his general statistics from the game, because there is plenty to be happy about:
|Position||Team||Accurate Pass||Passing Accuracy||Touches||Total Att Assist||Total Scoring Att||Ontarget Scoring Att||Duel Won||Fwd Pass||Mins Played|
Ozil was literally the best player on the pitch in a series of passing and possession based categories. He posted a superb 93% passing accuracy, finding his teammates with 71 passes. Both of these were higher than anyone else, and when compared to Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas (49 accurate passes and 75% accuracy), it's clear to see how good the former Real Madrid star was. They were also some way better than his averages this season, despite the likes of Nemanja Matic snapping at his heels.
The World Cup winner also had more touches, and created more goal attempts than any other player, while his 9 ground duels for possession won was also impressive considering how tough a match it was. By comparison, Francis Coquelin only won 7 ground duels.
However, despite Ozil's impressive statistics from a creative perspective, he was disappointing with his few attempts in front of goal.
An earlier turn and shot went wide after a good Arsenal attack, but it was his airshot of an attempt right at the death that was not good enough for a player of his ability and price tag. It would have been the perfect time to make the difference in such a high profile game, dispelling ongoing queries regarding his quality, but much like he has done from a goalscoring perspective during his Arsenal career, Ozil disappointed with his ability to find the back of the net.
It's hard to criticise the 26-year-old too much considering he was often the heartbeat of Arsenal's attacking game against Chelsea, but Gunners fans may still be questioning when they are going to see Ozil winning games like this.