Mesut Ozil proved once again versus Everton on Sunday afternoon that he’s far from the lazy player he’s been branded numerous times this season.
Although most Gooners understand that Ozil is probably the most important player in the team, it seems the media often need reminding.
The German didn’t stop running and gave everything during the final match of the season, which ended 3-1 to the Gunners.
Ozil, unsurprisingly, was once again the passmaster, out-passing every single player on the pitch by completing 69/83.
He also put together the most passes in the attacking third (27/26); created three chances, one of which resulted in a goal; and was successful in five ball recoveries.
The playmaker had three shots, two of which were on target.
The 28-year-old’s assist, his ninth in the league this season, marks his 42nd since signing for Arsenal in 2013, which makes him the fifth most successful assist-maker to ever play for the club, even overtaking Robert Pires.
LANDMARK – Mesut Özil is now Arsenal's 5th all-time top assist maker in the Premier League with 42 assists, overtaking Robert Pirès.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzilStats) May 21, 2017
If it hadn’t been for Danny Welbeck’s dodgy finishing during the win over Everton, particularly in the first half, the playmaker probably would have tallied-up even more.
At the end of the match, Ozil sat on the floor, looking knackered and completely dejected.
The man is a winner and playing in the Champions League every season is huge for him. Upon finding out that Arsenal won’t be in it next year, meaning that he’ll either have to play in the Europa League or sign for another club, he looked devastated.
You can’t tell me that he doesn’t care.
Ozil looks pretty crestfallen here. Just been joined by Monreal. Crowd signing about Kroenke again now "get out of our club". pic.twitter.com/kyZyfyUvuz
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 21, 2017
Stats via FourFourTwo’s Statszone.