Mesut Özil’s creativity is reaching new levels this season, according to the statistics, even beating his fantastic 2015/16 campaign.

Mesut has finally managed to get back among the assists in the last couple of games, setting up Lacazette and Kolašinac in the matches against Everton and Swansea.

But although those are the first two times he’s directly set up a teammate for a goal, the stats suggest that’s more to do with the Gunners’ finishing than a problem with the chances he’s creating. picked up on the fact that Özil has completed as many key passes as Kevin de Bruyne this season, despite only playing 572 minutes to the Belgian’s 839.

Both players lead the league for chance creation at the moment.

I went and had a look at how those stats compare to the German’s previous seasons, and surprisingly he’s creating more than in 2015/16, which was his most creative season.

In assists, he’s down at third currently, behind 2015/16 and 2013/14, so his teammates need to put a few more away (via Squawka):

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But if the team keep converting his chances now Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette are both in the side alongside him, he could be set for another great season.

Not too bad, for a player who has already mentally left Arsenal and ‘downed tools’, eh?

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