The former Real Madrid man is currently showing his most consistent form as an Arsenal player, assisting nine in 10 league matches which is more than any other player in Europe.
As an attacking midfielder, however, the German World Cup winner has been rather disappointing on the goal front, scoring just twice in 14 appearances in all competitions this season.
While that may not be his best attribute and he some could argue he makes up for it in assists, for the chances he regularly gets Glenn Hoddle feels he has to improve for his team’s sake.
“Mesut Ozil has been excellent at times this season and certainly his influence on the team is more significant than before, with nine assists in 10 games,” Hoddle says.
“There are signs that he seems more settled now and accustomed to the Premier League. No one would question his technique, vision or ability, but he needs to contribute more goals.”
“He has 14 in 87 appearances for Arsenal. He has 25 in 93 appearances for Germany, which is a much better ratio. He needs now to bring that to Arsenal, if they are to win the league.”
Compared to players such as Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and David Silva, Ozil’s scoring record doesn’t look too good and there are clear signs for improvement.
However, Arsene Wenger seemingly didn’t pay a club record fee for a goal scorer and in Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey the Gunners have plenty of goals from other areas.
Arsenal’s title bid will likely come down to their defensive capabilities rather than a shortage of goals.