Much has been made of Mesut Ozil’s performances since his arrival at the Emirates last Summer. His early performances were mesmerising and it is true that he had gone off the boil a little to the end of last season, where the German creative midfielder seemed to be struggling with the physical demands of the Premier League. Some fans and the media appeared to have zoned in on his performances and labelled him as “lazy and “dis-interested” something that some would have to say is well wide of the mark.
Ozil carried a hefty price tag when Arsene Wenger captured the attacker from Real Madrid last season, £42.5m to be exact. He has his doubters that is for sure but are people expecting too much from him? Even at Real Madrid he was never the most energetic of players but always offered a valuable quality, something that Jose Mourinho knew how to harness. Mourinho has called Ozil ” The best No.10 he has ever worked with”, high praise indeed. The Chelsea boss even went on to mention how much the signing of Ozil would make Arsenal title contenders, which is something that didn’t quite materialise but it was the sort of signing that would make other clubs take note of a new found ambition.
So what has gone wrong for “the wizard”? I’m not sure anything has, he still remains confident in his own ability and anyone that saw his performance at Aston Villa back in his familiar support striker role would have seen very encouraging signs. Last Wednesday night was also encouraging, Ozil created five chances for other players which were spurned and had a 92% pass completion rate which says to me had is adept at keeping possession something that as a club Arsenal haven’t always been the best at on European nights.
Below is a chart showing the performances of both Ozil and Di Maria prior to week 7 of the Premier League.
Comparison between Ozil and Di Maria.
Manchester United‘s Angel Di Maria is a player that has been raved about by United fans and media pundits alike, whereas Ozil is constantly ridiculed. I am still scratching my head as to why ex-players don’t see what many Arsenal fans see. You cannot fault these stats, they are impressive for a player who, if reports are to be believed, is suffering from a World Cup hangover. Just imagine what he will be like when he shakes that off. Whether it is media bias or just sheer ignorance the stats don’t lie, they are there in black and white.
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