Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil set a new Premier League record for chances created in a season (since 2003/04) on Sunday.
Unfortunately, it was to no avail. The German created three chances in the first half of the game against Sunderland but none were taken and the match ended 0-0, tainting Arsenal’s chances of making the top three this season.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 24, 2016
The previous record of 134 was set by Frank Lampard in the 2008/09 season, even though Chelsea finished third that campaign.
Özil’s nearest competitor this season is Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, who has created 105 chances for his teammates.
Unfortunately for Özil, nobody could tuck away any of the opportunities he provided on Sunday afternoon and he is stuck on 18 Premier League assists for the season. Of those, 16 came in 2015. It’s fair to say he can’t do much more for the cause than he is doing.
The Premier League record for assists is 20, currently held by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, and Özil still has three games to have a go at equalling or breaking that record as well.
In the end, though, it’ll all count for nothing. Mesut Özil won’t be collecting the Premier League winners’ medal he deserves in May.