Mesut Ozil put up a fine performance against Newcastle United to send Arsenal four points clear of Everton in the race to make the top four. The German attacking midfielder scored his 5th Premier League goal of the season in the 3-0 rout of Alan Pardew’s side. It was only the 25-year old’s second game since returning from the hamstring injury that kept him out for five weeks.
The statistics for the match show that Arsenal had 61.4 percent ball possession and Ozil made 50 passes with a pass accuracy of 94 percent before he was replaced in the 74th minute. His pass accuracy in the opposition half was pegged at 83.3 percent. A breakdown of the passes he made reveals that Ozil made 2 long passes and 48 short ones.
He contested 10 duels, winning 4 while losing the 2 aerial duels he fought, not surprisingly, I might add.
Arsene Wenger praised the contribution of his record signing and believes he would fare even better next season.
‘He is getting stronger in every game now. He’s refreshed,’ Wenger said after the game. ‘It’s his first season over here and over Christmas he suffered a bit physically. Now he looks sharp again and refreshed, mentally sharp to play and that’s why his performance is good.
‘I believe that the first season is always about adaptation to the Premier League.
‘What he has brought is fantastic technique, simplicity in his game, intelligence of passing. If you look at his numbers, his assists and his passes in the final third are very good.”
The Arsenal manager also wants Ozil to score more goals. ‘We want some more goals from him and I think that will come naturally.’
Arsenal has two fixtures left in the season; West Brom at home on Sunday and Norwich City away on the last match day.