Arsenal FC: How Gunners' assist king Mesut Ozil has been shown up by one Premier League goalkeeper

Mesut Ozil: How Arsenal's assist king has been usurped by one PL goalkeeper

Mesut Ozil has lost the one thing that made him exceptional - his ability to create goals

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What is the difference between Joe Hart and Mesut Ozil?

If you guessed one of them has assisted a goal this season and the other has not, you would be correct.

However, if you presumed Ozil had registered an assist in 2017-18 and Hart has not, you would be wrong.

Yes, Ozil has become so ineffective for the Gunners he is actually becoming a less able goal creator than the goalkeeper of an extremely poor West Ham side.

Hart’s long punt up field was the source of Michail Antonio’s goal during the Hammers’ 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday, with the forward claiming possession before rounding Nick Pope and crashing the ball home.

That means in the Premier League this season, Hart has registered one assist – whereas Ozil is still stuck on zero.

Sure, Ozil has played many, many more key passes than Hart – and only seven players have played more than the German his season – but not a single created chance has actually led to a goal.

Since arriving in England, Ozil has built the reputation of ‘Assist King’ as he has been employed as Arsenal’s chief creator in the attacking third.

However, Ozil has become so ineffective at his job it is almost impossible to campaign for his inclusion in Arsenal’s first-team any longer.

Out-of-contract at the end of 2017-18, Ozil is free to sign for any club he wishes on a free transfer next summer. Right now, there are no clubs that want him, and Arsenal are unlikely to want keep hold of the German if he continues to fail to live up to his reputation.