Arsenal have been flying high in the Premier League this season and have the chance of making the top of the table their own tomorrow, at least temporarily, when they travel to Sunderland.
The Gunners are currently one of three sides in the division tied with 20 points at the summit, with Arsenal being led by attacking trio Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil this season.
Whilst the latter doesn’t yet boast the sort of numbers he achieved last term for assists, the World Cup winner has improved his performances in front of goal and is still statistically the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League.
Most final-third passes completed in the Premier League so far this season:
P. Coutinho (200)
S. Cazorla (184)
D. Silva (170) pic.twitter.com/1WRdYB5kfc
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 27, 2016
Ozil has become more of an all-round force in the final third this season, contributing with a better ratio in front of goal and benefitting from Arsenal’s dynamic attacking play.
With Alexis, Walcott, Ozil and Alex Iwobi all given more of a free role this season, Arsenal have looked more of a force for silverware and the German will be a crucial part of the Gunners push – especially if he can turn his wealth of passes in the final-third to more assists.
Ozil is yet to register an assist in his eight Premier League appearances this season but boasts three goals to his name, putting him on-course to shatter his tally of six goals in the league last term.
This seems to put to bed the debate between Arsenal and Liverpool fans regarding Ozil and Coutinho, with both sets of supporters backing their own player aggressively.