Mesut Özil has come in for a huge amount of criticism since his move to Arsenal, much of it totally unfounded. The stats (courtesy of whosccored.com) prove just how fantastic he’s been however, and show that he’s been the best playmaker in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season.
Özil has averaged 4.4 key passes a game so far this season, far and away the best in the continent. There are very few players who even come close to matching Özil’s achievements, with Arsenal teammate Santi Cazorla one of the closest in fourth place with 3.6 key passes per game.
1. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) – 4.4
2. Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – 4.1
3. Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux) – 3.8
4. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – 3.6
5. Sofiane Bouhal (Lille) – 3.6
Özil is often used as a scapegoat when the team performs badly, as he is the type of player who sometimes flies under the radar with his performances. He does things in an effortless manner, which the uneducated often view as lethargy.
The World Cup winner was particularly fantastic against Manchester United this past Sunday, and was key to our victory. He was involved in almost everything good about our game that day, and even got his first goal of the season.
His vision and passing are nothing short of sublime, and he makes the most difficult of moves look simple. He has benefited hugely from having players like Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott ahead of him, and will hopefully continue to do so.
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The clash with Louis van Gaal’s side was unquestionably our best performance of the season so far, and we totally dismantled the previous week’s league leaders in just 20 minutes. We are more than capable of enjoying a successful season, but we need to continue to perform the way we did last weekend.