Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil impressed in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over already-relegated Sunderland, creating more chances, being fouled the most times, making more touches and whipping in more crosses than any of his teammates. The former Real Madrid man has come in for a lot of criticism for his inconsistent form this season but showed he’s still fight for Arsenal’s top-four hopes in the run-in.
Mesut Ozil game by numbers vs. Sunderland:
100% take-ons completed
90% pass acc
12 chances created
1 assist pic.twitter.com/n6gzvbUzzy
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) 16 May 2017
The German international has made 32 Premier League appearances, scoring and creating 16 goals this season. Ozil has created 97 chances and has a 65% dribble success rate, while boasting a 32% cross success rate. Performances haven’t always been at the level expected of a World Cup winner and £42.5M player, but the 28-year-old has enjoyed a late-season resurgence in a 3-4-2-1 formation devised by manager Arsene Wenger – four goals scored and assisted since mid-April.
His performance against Sunderland earned Arsenal three points, keeping their hopes of Champions League football alive going into the final game this season, and Arsenal are 5/1 to finish in the top-four of the Premier League. Ozil’s future is still in doubt, however, having so far failed to sign a contract to keep him at the Emirates Stadium past 2018. But he’s still fighting for the cause based on Tuesday night’s showing.