Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil continued to make history at the Hawthorns as he provided another assist to take his tally to seven consecutive games, a Premier League record.
The German international may not have scored too many goals this season, yet he is certainly living up to his reputation as an assist king and showing exactly why Arsenal spent so big on his services.
Ahead of the game against West Brom, Ozil had already broken the record for registering at least one assist in six consecutive league matches, and it took him less than 30 minutes to extend the run.
After a cagey opening period, the North Londoners took the lead as Olivier Giroud got on the end of a teasing Ozil free-kick to flick the ball past West Brom’s Boaz Myhill.
That goal took Ozil’s overall assist tally to 11 in 12 Premier League matches, the highest tally recorded by any player throughout Europe’s top five leagues.
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old and his teammates, that moment of joy was short-lived as West Brom immediately struck back though James Morrison before taking the lead via a Mikel Arteta own goal.
Despite attempts to draw level, the Gunners found no way back and their disappointing afternoon was compounded late on when Santi Cazorla failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Still, there are plenty of games left in order to get things right, and Manchester City’s home defeat to Liverpool means the two title favourites remain level on points.
As for Ozil, his importance at the club grows with each passing week and Arsenal’s hopes of winning the title may well rest upon him maintaining his form throughout the entire campaign.