Mesut Ozil demonstrated against Chelsea in the FA Cup final exactly why Arsene Wenger splashed £42.5m on him four years ago.
Ozil was a class above 99% of players on the pitch at Wembley during Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Chelsea.
Sporting a questionable new hairstyle, the playmaker was at the centre of every Arsenal attack, as well as back defending and making crunching tackles on Eden Hazard in the first half.
The German had two shots, one of which hit the woodwork, and had a pass completion rate of 85%. He misplaced just 10 passes all game, had 87 touches, completed two dribbles, and took a whopping seven corners, Pedro took the second most with just three.
Ozil made two tackles (!), won an aerial duel, which we know isn’t his forte, and although he was dispossessed four times, this was more to do with the fact that he was involved in everything, rather than his inability to hold onto the ball.
While the 28-year-old didn’t get an assist himself, he was instrumental to Arsenal’s win and proved exactly why the club needs to pull out all the stops this summer to keep him.
Stats via Who Scored.