You never can be sure with deadline day deals but it appears increasingly certain that Mesut Özil has become an Arsenal player for 42m Euros.

It’s a happy ending to a fraught Summer. But Özil was worth the wait.

Most of us are familiar with Özil’s style: a graceful player, a wand of a left foot and an above average work-rate. But by far Özil’s best skill and most dangerous trait is his truly elite passing ability.

Almost all neutral fans will agree that Özil will be a fine addition to the Premier League. As for the Arsenal fans, all the collective pain and inertia that the summer window had wrought may suddenly fade from memory with with this signing.

Unless I am very much mistaken Özil’s signing will be the biggest import transfer in Premier League history at around £40m. And he may just be worth it.




Career Numbers

Shots and Goals


Team Age Goals p90 Shots p90 SoT p90 Sc% Sh Acc%
Real Madrid S 12/13 24 0.40 1.34 0.76 52.94 56.67
Real Madrid S 11/12 23 0.14 1.09 0.35 40.00 32.26
Real Madrid S 10/11 22 0.21 1.38 0.53 40.00 38.46
Werder Bremen S 09/10 21 0.31 2.32 1.08 29.03 46.27
Werder Bremen S 08/09 20 0.13 1.88 0.63 21.43 33.33


Özil’s goals per90 numbers are pretty inconsistent as are his shots on target per90 numbers. This isn’t a player who will score a lot, for he just isn’t a shooter.


Passes, Assists and key Passes per90


Team Age Assists p90 Passes p90 Pass% KP p90 ToP%
Real Madrid S 12/13 24 0.58 50.39 84.10 4.09 53.21
Real Madrid S 11/12 23 0.60 57.45 87.10 3.61 67.53
Real Madrid S 10/11 22 0.60 51.01 85.40 4.21 66.95
Werder Bremen S 09/10 21 0.42 37.56 82.50 3.23 68.29
Werder Bremen S 08/09 20 0.54 n/a n/a n/a 52.92


Some of these numbers may look confusing but I’ll quickly run through them. here is a link to some of Europe’s best players in 2012/13 and their per90 numbers (link)

Assists per90 Truly elite. Off the charts elite. Ozil is going to create hell for opposition defenses.

Passes per90 Good numbers.

Key Passes per90 Truly elite

Time on Pitch% The percentage of minutes a player actual plays against the total available.

I think we have an understanding of the strengths of the player: Ozil is a creator, not a shooter. But his passing numbers – KP per90 and Assists per90 – are truly elite. Yes, there may be a slight Real Madrid boost in effect here, and some of Ozil’s numbers may drop a little due to no longer playing in a team that scores 100 league goals a campaign, but this is a player of the highest quality.

A game changer for Arsenal in terms of talent and a game changer for for Arsenal in terms of future recruitment of world class players.


  • sid

    Oezil is a phenomenal player!!! But how many of those assists were scored by CR7 or Higuain, who are equally phenomenal at finishing chances. I don’t have that much faith in Giroud when it comes to that. So those high numbers might see a decline.

    • todd

      Ozil has gotten high numbers everywhere he has gone. At Bremen and in German national team he does not have CR7 to play in to goal. He in fact thrived in German national team when Klose would pull defenders away, similar to what Giroud will do. In Walcott you have someone similar to some of the other German playmakers like Reus or Schurle with speed on the flank to stretch defenses. You undercut Giroud, he had a good first year and you will see both Giroud and Walcott’s goal scoring numbers go up dramatically. Pass masters always find the pass and he is the best pass master in the world. Arsenal do not have a CR7, but other than Messi at Barcelona…no one does. Expect Arsene Wenger to now splash more cash in the next two windows; one of them will see a world class striker come in.

      • Toshack

        Interesting prophecy on the potential incoming striker!
        Get that and fix the defensive issues and Arenal could be really great again…

  • Toshack

    Remember seeing him for the first time in the UEFA Cup final for Werder Bremen and wondering who that little guy with an unusual name I could hardly pronounce, much less spell, was? He was intriguing already then. Then came the World Cup with the new generation of Özil, Müller, Khedira et al leading the way. Then Real Madrid and now Arsenal. They should consider themselves very lucky (and boy would I have liked to see him play with Coutinho and Sturridge…).

    A lot of money, but I except great things of him in the Premier League. Can’t see why Real let him go, but maybe they also need to bank some money (and they now have Isco and Modric to choose from). Let’s see if Sid’s comment about Giroud vs. Ronaldo and Higuan comes true, but I think Premier League got something to look forward to!


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  • Goalimpact

    He’s great. Was a team player already in young age. Here is a movie about him when he was 17 including his first interview ever. German unfortunately.

  • hunt

    What you guys may add: He is phenomenal corner kick taker.

  • Nathan

    Is it possible to get an updated chart for Ozil’s first season at Arsenal and the beginning of this season?

    I’m very curious what the numbers and how they compare to the current popular opinion of Ozil.

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