Arsenal star loved gloating over Tottenham: But what about his own form?

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Mesut Ozil loved Arsenal finishing in second place, but what about his own end to the season?

Mesut Ozil began the season in superb form, and appeared certain to break Thierry Henry's long held record for the number of assists in a Premier League season.

By the New Year, Ozil had already racked up a staggering 15 assists, just five short of Henry's 20.

It had seemed a question of not just would he break the record, but by how many?

Instead the German international faded across the second half of the season, providing only four more in more than 20 appearances.

This included one assist on the final day against Aston Villa, but it was not enough to get him past Henry's record or even level to it, recording 19.

Was Ozil disappointed? No, he instead appeared thrilled simply to gloat at achieving second place over rivals Tottenham Hotspur, posting on Twitter in celebration after the games finished.

Ozil might well have a case to blame poor finishing from the likes of Olivier Giroud in the second half of the season, but he should ask himself questions too.

While obviously a little caught up in celebrating, it would have been better to see Ozil more reflective on his own performances.

19 assists is still an incredible tally and achievement to be proud of, and there is no shame in narrowly ending the campaign behind a figure set by the legendary Thierry Henry, but it seemed so nailed on, and Ozil's failure to surpass that mark is emblematic of Arsenal's title charge fading.

Once the 'euphoria' of finishing in second place subsides, Arsenal and Ozil will need to figure out just where it all went wrong.

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