82% Shot Accuracy & 91 Chances Created – Ozil Could Take Arsenal To Another Level.
Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid has seemingly been the trigger for a social media meltdown. Since the deal was officially confirmed by both Madrid and Tottenham, rumours have been a wash over the domino effect which could follow – with one falling domino particularly interesting and exciting to those of an Arsenal persuasion.
“We have 24 hours, maybe we can surprise you,” Arsene Wenger said to reporters after the Gunners secured a North London derby win over Tottenham on Sunday, and if, as the BBC are suggesting, Mesut Ozil is indeed in talks with the club, then that would prove a surprise to raise a smile from even the most pessimistic Arsenal supporters. Surely?
Some have the line of thought that the Real Madrid midfielder isn’t the player that Arsenal need, but are there many clubs in the world who would turn down the opportunity to strengthen what they have with Ozil? Alongside Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and co Arsenal would have made the kind of marquee signing capable of taking Arsenal to the next level, that many Wenger doubters might not have thought possible.
Nobody has set up more goals than the German since he arrived in La Liga. On 47 occasions – tied with Lionel Messi – he has directly set up a goal; 20 of them being provided for Cristiano Ronaldo. Last season, under Jose Mourinho, he created a whopping 91 chances for his colleagues in the league, nearly 30 more than anyone else at Madrid, with 13 of them being turned into goals.
There’s an argument that he was better suited to the counter attacking style he played in under Mourinho. It’s true that he excelled in that system – he was restricted to less than 1000 completed passes last season, albeit with 84% accuracy – but he is the opposite of a limited player. Just check out his performances in a different system for Germany.
He has a directness when running at defences with pace and authority, last season completing 33/70 take ons, yet he still has the technique, the natural talent in his feet, that would allow him to flourish at the Emirates.
Throughout last season he started 23 of Madrid’s matches, coming on nine more times from the bench. The season before that, as los Blancos won the league, he took part in 52 matches – it seems crazy that Madrid would be prepared to lose him, but that is the situation we apparently find ourselves in.
With the score tied at 1-1 against Real Betis on the opening match of this season, Carlo Ancelotti withdrew the 24-year-old. Ozil didn’t look impressed. A week later he looked even less happy when he was substituted in the win over Granada, and he didn’t even feature in Sunday’s victory over Athletic – “technical reasons,” said Ancelotti.