76 touches, 98% pass success: Mesut Ozil was Arsenal’s best player versus Palace

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil was in fine form against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil had a superb game on Sunday as his side shrugged off the pressure to beat a strong Crystal Palace side 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

The Gunners headed into the fixture coming off the back of a disappointing opening day defeat at home to West Ham United and the growing doubts which came with it. Their winning mentality was questioned, as well as their Premier League title credentials.

However, goals from Olivier Giroud and Damien Delaney – putting in his own net – gave Arsene Wenger’s men a morale-boosting victory ahead of what is a tricky period on the horizon.

Olivier Giroud will no doubt grab the headlines for his exquisite first-half finish, yet the visitors’ best player was without doubt their German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil.

  ShotsKey PassesTouchesAccurate PassesPass Success %Ball RecoveriesMins Played
Mesut Özil 1 5 76 54 98% 2 83

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Arsenal’s club record signing was a creative influence throughout as the Eagles’ backline didn’t know how to deal with him.

Ozil racked up one shot, five chances created via key passes and two ball recoveries. However, it was his passing ability which stood out like a beacon, completing 98% of his intended passes.

The former Real Madrid man has often been labelled lazy or disinterested, though both are undeniably false, yet one thing which he can’t be criticised for is his distribution and creativity in the final third.

With games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea on the horizon, Arsene Wenger will be hoping his German star can maintain such form and really do it on the big stage.

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