Arsenal's Özil claims assist record will mean nothing without trophies

Arsenal have again thrown away a promising season, with many of their star players failing to perform when it matters.

Arsenal's German star Mesut Özil claims that if he does achieve the Premier League assist record, it will mean nothing because of the Gunner's failure to win any trophies.

Speaking to Arsenal's official magazine, Özil spoke of his disappointment in Arsenal's struggles over the last two months, as reported by the Evening Standard:

“If I have a great season but we don’t win anything, what does it bring me? I know what I can do and I know that I’m one of the best assist makers in the world. But it’s all about titles for me."

As Arsenal have slumped in recent months, so too has the form of Özil, as he has failed to register an assist in his last six games, and questions must be put to Arsène Wenger about his handling of his World Cup winning star. 

While at Real Madrid, Özil was regularly brought off around the 65-70 minute mark, yet Wenger constantly flogs his star player for 90 minutes, rarely giving him a breather. It is almost as if he tries to get the most value possible out of his record signing, and could go someway to explaining his dip in form in the second half of the season.

Özil registered 16 assists in the first half of the season, but has only added two since the start of the year and is now just three short of breaking Thierry Henry's Premier League record. He insists, however, that he is not here to break individual records:

“You become aware of some things, like being close to breaking the assist record, but I don’t play the game to smash records."

Arsenal head to Sunderland in a must win game on Sunday as they continue to push for guaranteed Champions League football next season.

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