Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil improves in two key areas on last season

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Elsewhere, though, there's a worrying decline in a number of his Premier League stats.

When Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil in the summer of 2013, it was seen as the beginning of them starting to recruit big-name players.

Before then, the Gunners had operated more frugally over the years as they looked to develop youth into top class talent rather than splash the cash.

Ozil, though, was a world superstar, with his performances for Real Madrid putting him among the global elite. Often the second season is a tough one for players, though, with many having found the Premier League a much tougher proposition after successful first years.

We decided to take a look at Ozil’s second season stats to see how they compare to his first year at the Emirates.

  SeasonGoalsTotal PassAccurate PassTotal Final Third PassesSuccessful Final Third PassesTotal Att AssistOntarget Att AssistGoal Assist
Mesut Özil 2013-2014 5 1639 1442 901 759 76 55 9
Mesut Özil 2014-2015 4 1398 1234 755 649 70 45 5

Starting with goals, Ozil has fallen in that regard, with just four efforts to his name this year compared to last season’s tally of five. His number of assists also fell, with nine last season but just five this year.

His number of attempted assists also fell this season, and staggeringly so. His successful attempted assists rate stood at 72% last year, but fell to 64% this season. In fact, his number of attempted assists overall fell by 7%, while his number of successful attempted assists also fell by 18%.

When it comes to passing, things get better for Ozil, with him enjoying more success, with his numbers rising from 87% to 88%, while his final third successful passes rate also rose, from 84% to 85%.

Despite that improvement, the number of passes the German made fell by 14% this season, while his number of accurate passes fell by the same number. His number of final third passes follows a similar trait, with a fall of 16% this season, with his number of accurate final third passes also falling, this time by 14%.

There is cause for concern for Arsenal over Ozil then. While he has improved in two key areas, the stats show a general decline everywhere else, with some big dips in several areas.

The German is yet to show his true ability at the Emirates and Gunners fans will hope his third season doesn’t follow this trend again.

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