18 players who have provided more assists than Mesut Ozil this season, including Junior Stanislas

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

Bournemouth and West Brom stars among those to be more productive than Arsenal's under pressure 'assist king', with Manchester City ace Kevin de Bruyne the league leader.

The Telegraph report frustration is growing within the Arsenal side at Mesut Ozil's undroppable status amid his disappointing form.

The under pressure German has failed to live up to his status as the 'assist king' despite managing 18 last season.

Arsenal's Mesut OzilArsenal's Mesut Ozil

In 2016/17 to date he has only four Premier League assists - a tally bettered by 18 different players.

These include Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez (8), Manchester United's dropped striker Wayne Rooney (5), and two Tottenham players including defender Kyle Walker (5).

There are also less illustrious names among them, including underrated contributions from Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas (5) and West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips (8).

  PositionTeamAssistsAppearances
Kevin De Bruyne MF Man City 9 23
Christian Eriksen MF Tottenham 8 23
Matt Phillips MF West Brom 8 23
Alexis Sánchez FW Arsenal 8 24
Adam Lallana MF Liverpool 7 22
Gylfi Sigurdsson MF Swansea 7 24
Cesc Fàbregas MF Chelsea 6 15
Nemanja Matic MF Chelsea 6 23
Dimitri Payet MF West Ham 6 18
Wilfried Zaha MF C. Palace 6 21
Ross Barkley MF Everton 5 22
Philippe Coutinho MF Liverpool 5 17
Diego Costa FW Chelsea 5 22
Pedro FW Chelsea 5 21
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 5 17
Junior Stanislas MF Bournemouth 5 15
Raheem Sterling FW Man City 5 22
Kyle Walker DF Tottenham 5 23
Mesut Özil MF Arsenal 4 21

Ozil has the stage later this month to deliver against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and it is fair to say he needs to.

His campaign has not been a total washout, with the playmaker scoring one of the truly great solo goals in recent years late against Ludogorets.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil  lobs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad's Milan Borjan before scoring their third goalArsenal's Mesut Ozil lobs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad's Milan Borjan before scoring their third goal

Yet fans want to see consistency from the German, and the club record signing is not living up to his billing at the Gunners.

A star performance against Bayern will count for little if it is couple with another unproductive spell in the Premier League, with Arsenal at risk of falling out of the top four.

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