Ask most people who was Arsenal’s worst player against Burnley and they’ll likely tell you ‘Mesut Ozil’.
The thing with the German is that your eyes often make a total moron out of you, and this is especially true if you are watching him on TV rather than live in the stadium.
There, you get a much different impression of him, one of a subtle genius who makes things happen without seeming to care about any of it.
So I thought I’d have a look at Mesut’s stats, to see just how ‘badly’ he did.
He had four shots (only Walcott had more) but only one of those were on target. But he wasn’t alone in that, considering Arsenal only got three on target in the whole game.
Only Santi out-passed him with Ozil completing 72 of his 80 passes (90%). He had 99 touches – only Bellerin, Mustafi and Cazorla had more.
Nobody made more passes in the attacking third, nor completed more, with 39 of his 44 successful.
He created one chance.
He won the ball back twice (Walcott won it back three times, as did Sanchez)
He made one interception, just one fewer than Mustafi and the same number as Walcott, Koscielny, and Bellerin.
I’ll just leave those with you, along with this: