Arsenal will sure never have a better chance to win the Premier League title. Chelsea are in a crisis, Manchester United are dull, inconsistent in the attack. But everybody knows, Premier League title is never an easy prize. Right now Manchester City are the only obstacle in Arsene Wenger’s quest to win the title. None the less, with the arrival of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech, Arsenal it seems finally have the much-needed stability at the back to fully utilize their attacking line, which is world-class for sure. The presence of Mesut Ozil also boosts the quest.

The German’s assist for Arsenal’s equaliser yesterday broke a unique Premier League record. The assist was the sixth game in a row where Ozil produced an assist which broke the record for most consecutive assists in a single English Premier League campaign.

Cesc Fabregas also had the record of assisting a goal in six consecutive league matches, but that was spread over stints with Arsenal and Chelsea which were separated by three years.

CONSECUTIVE PREMIER LEAGUE ASSISTS

           PLAYER

             CLUB

             YEAR

   TOTAL

           Mesut Ozil

           Arsenal

                  2015

       6

        Cesc Fabregas

    Arsenal/Chelsea

             2011-2014

       6

      Antonio Valencia

 Manchester United

                 2011

       5

       Thiery Henry

          Arsenal

                 2004

       5

        Ryan Giggs

 Manchester United

                 2003

       5

     Gianfranco Zola

         Chelsea

                 2002

       5

 

With a staggering £42.5 million, Mesut Özil was signed from Real Madrid to give much-anticipated titles, and the stylish German it seems is finally ready to live up to the record-breaking transfer fee. Ozil is currently leading the Premier League in chances created and assists; he has been no doubt one of the best play-maker playing in England by far, since the end of the August. Though injury problems of David Silva are not irrelevant in this discussion. Even José Mourinho had no choice but to say “there is no copy of him, not even a bad one.”

Maybe because everybody knew what a brilliant player Ozil used to be in Spain, the continuous criticism of the German master class has been very harsh regarding these past two campaigns with the Gunners. Accused of lacking the exact desire and effort were the most common allegation, but not the most accurate if u keep in mind the statistics. However, one can find the exact reasons why these accusations were English media’s most favourable option for criticisms.

Despite his technical talent and excellent visionary credibility, right now Wenger’s most expensive signing ever has a peculiar tendency to remain too selfless for own good. In Brazil World Cup, especially in the semi-final, Ozil was reluctant to take his chances 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper and preferred an open teammate instead to score. This attribute surely can be refreshing sometimes to watch in the tradition of selfish attempts in front of goal, a unique addiction to make assists rather than scoring himself can easily be mistaken and backfire for lack of personality. 

When he was in Real Madrid, Ozil was passing his chances to Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Ángel Di María. In Arsenal, he is shifting the heavy burden of finishing on Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain. These three Arsenal players have a fantastic quality no doubt, but as we have seen in the Champions league this Wednesday, clubs like Bayern Munich simply ply on another level. Ozil has improved personally this year for sure, with the arrival of marksman Alexis Sánchez and the good consistent form of Giroud and Walcott also have been equally necessary for the German’s rise as a world-class playmaker.

If there is one aspect where Ozil has to make improvement still, it is the goal-scoring record. He and Manchester City’s David Silva might be more or less similar in their approach, but they are certainly just mirror images in terms of scoring brilliant crucial goals despite poor numbers overall. Ozil has netted only three times this season, but two of those were in crucial wins over Bayern Munich and Manchester United. 

Ozil’s performance this season

          Matches

 Goals

 Assists

Played Minutes

   Premier League

     1

    10

         931

 Champions League

     1

     –

         360

 Community Shield

     –

     –

          81

      League Cup

     –

     –

           –

     Total 15/16

    2

    10

       1,372

 

Ever since the heroic yet futile 2-0 victory of Arsenal over Monaco last season, Ozil  finally able to take the games into own hands by ghosting past opponents and making extremely decisive runs along with his inch-perfect passes. Not only that, he is now gradually taking the responsibility for himself by exploding in life with top class performances even while team-mates around him have failed to deliver. His extraordinary first-half performance in Arsenal’s 5-1 hammering to Bayern Munich is the most recent example of all. 

When he was in Real Madrid, the presence of world’s top stars surrounding him made sure Ozil had the chance to rise as one of the best number10’s in modern football. And now as this growing confidence has become more of self-confidence, Ozil can surely lead the Gunners to much awaited Premier League title if his team-mates, especially at the back, put in the right performances needed. This somewhat, may seems to be a fairly hollow statement to throw in, but past seasons proved, star players with their star qualities can drag a team into  the fight for title contention (Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale, Yaya Toure). The German genius of this Arsenal side can certainly reproduce the same, but the fact is that, Ozil needs his team to back him as much as they need the German. 

 

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