Mesut Özil is hosting an online competition ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Sunderland this weekend, challenging his fans to draft jokes, drawings, and photoshops of the German star assisting people. Özil took to Instagram to deliver his message, requesting artwork of different styles accompanied by the hashtag #AssistMesut.
The creative genius has been assisting for fun this season, leading the Premier League assists chart by quite some distance. If he keeps going at this rate he’s sure to break a number of records, and will hopefully help us to our first Premier League title in years.
His assisting is legendary among football fans, and he’s become more of a meme since his arrival at Arsenal. Twitter explodes with Özil memes every time he provides an assist, memes the player himself clearly enjoys.
Özil has obviously been playing a lot of games recently, and we need to avoid burning him out. It’s unclear how much of a priority retaining the FA Cup will be for Arsene Wenger this season, but if Özil were to get a rest you’d expect it to be against Sunderland this weekend.
While lifting the Premier League trophy needs to be our main focus, winning the FA Cup for the third season on the trot would not only be a fantastic achievement, but we’d become only the second club still in existence to have completed the feat – the other being Blackburn Rovers way back in 1886.
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Doing the double would be superb, and if we are to have any hope then Özil will no doubt play a huge part.