German playmaker Mesut Özil comes in for a lot of criticism regarding his lazy nature and low work-rate, but these stats from our depressing 3-1 loss against AS Monaco show just how much effort our record signing put in.
There is no question Özil had a bad game against the Ligue 1 side this past Wednesday, but so did the entire Arsenal team.
Sky commentator Gary Neville picked out the former Real Madrid man for extra castigation, and spent most of the match bemoaning his performance.
The 26-year-old certainly struggled, and nothing seemed to be coming off for him during the clash. One thing that it seems he can’t be criticised for though, is the distance he covered throughout the game.
He is often lambasted for his lackadaisical style and his unwillingness to track back or to recover the ball once it has been lost. The World Cup winner covered more ground than any other Arsenal player on the night however, and was matched only by Nabil Dirar and Joao Moutinho.
We need to see more from every single player in the coming weeks, but these stats show that the media often paints an inaccurate picture when condemning a player.