Jamie Carragher explains how Mesut Ozil has proven him wrong

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been impressed with the Arsenal man this season.

Jamie Carragher says Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s sublime performances have helped prove foreign players need time to settle in England, according to the Daily Mail.

Ozil arrived at Arsenal for a club record fee, the German international trading La Liga giants Real Madrid for north London in a move that garnered such huge interest.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pleaded that his new player be given time to settle in, although many felt such an expensive signing should have already been at the top of his game.

Ozil therefore endured plenty of criticism, both in his debut season and the following campaign.

This season, however, the World Cup winner has performed exceptionally well and is producing the sort of figures that demonstrate exactly why the Gunners paid so heavily for his signature.

"There is no doubt Ozil is producing form that we did not see from him during his first two years at Arsenal. He has created more goals this year than the previous two combined," Carragher explained.

"Where, perhaps, Ozil has proven me wrong is in my feeling that it is a myth how long it takes the top foreign talent to settle."

"I had never bought into the idea players coming from another league needed 12 months to get to grips with our game as I'd seen so many examples of that not being the case."

 (Per Game = PG) SeasonGoalsAssistsShots PGKey Passes PGTouches PGAccurate Passes PGAppearances
Mesut Özil 2013-2014 5 9 1.15 2.92 79.35 55.46 26
Mesut Özil 2014-2015 4 5 1.32 3.18 82.59 56.09 22
Mesut Özil 2015-2016 3 16 1.33 4.44 82.67 55.89 18

As Opta stats show, Ozil’s vast improvement can be illustrated by the figures posted in key attacking areas such as goals, assists and key passes.

Interestingly, the former Werder Bremen man has produced a similar number of touches and passes per Premier League encounter over the course of his three seasons in north London.

But what stands out is the stats which really matter - scoring three goals already and producing more assists (16) this season than in his two former seasons combined.

Moreover, Ozil's average of 4.44 key passes per Arsenal league match is not only more than in his previous campaigns but currently stands at the highest average of any Premier League player this term.

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