Arsenal set new pass record with Ozil goal also involving all 11 players

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil scored his first goal for Arsenal in 10 months as the Gunners smashed four past Newcastle on Sunday but that was only the start of the story of that goal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal scores his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal scores his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ozil’s strike was the third of the second half for Arsenal, who’d largely disappointed in the first and it was an important one for many reasons.

Firstly, it meant the game actually felt safe.

Secondly, it got a goal for a player who desperately needed some return for his creative output, be that an assist or a goal.

Thirdly, it moved us to a positive goal difference in the league.

Finally, the move leading to it involved 35 passes. That’s 10 more than any other goal in the Premier League this season AND it involved every single player in the side, including Bernd Leno, at least once.

If this is Artetaball, hook it to my veins…