Mesut Ozil continued his run of good form with a another fine display against Chelsea.
The German was a stand-out performer in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea. He gave Tiemoue Bakayoko a torrid time by moving into space behind him, and was a huge influence in Arsenal’s attack.
Overall, he had 105 touches in the game. Only Granit Xhaka’s 97 touches came close to that total. As you’d expect with Ozil, when he sees a lot of the ball, he tends to make things happen – evident from his 88 passes.
He produced three chances in the match, including one that created a good opportunity for Alexandre Lacazette in the first half, half of Arsenal’s entire total of six on the night.
Ozil’s long-range passing was on-point too, as he completed six of his seven attempted balls from distance. The 29-year-old was also one of Arsenal’s most prolific crossers on the night with five balls into the box. Only Alexis (7) produced more.
Many things have been read into his improved performances. Some feel he’s playing for a move now that the January transfer window is open. However, there have also been rumours about him being close to agreeing a new deal at the club.
Either way, he’s found a good patch of form at the moment, which can only be a good thing for Arsenal.