Mesut Özil is on course to break the record for the most assists in a Premier League season.
Özil registered his twelfth assist of the season after feeding Joel Campbell for the opening goal in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
Fantasy football game www.oulala.com have studied how Özil compares to Thierry Henry during his record breaking season in 2002/03. It appears the 27-year-old is well on his way to smashing the former Arsenal forward’s long standing record.
After 15 games Henry had registered just five assists in 2002/03. Özil is already seven ahead of that figure at the same stage this season. In 2004/05 Frank Lampard registered 18 assists. After 15 games of the season the former Chelsea midfielder had nine assists.
Özil is leaving the rest of Europe behind for assists this term. He is four ahead of Raffael of Borussia Mönchengladbach who sits on eight, while Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa and Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan have seven each.
The German has already broken a record held by Cesc Fabregas after assisting in seven consecutive Premier League games. He is now just nine assists away from breaking Thierry Henry’s overall record.
Özil’s form has helped Arsenal to second in the league despite the Gunner’s extensive injury list. Completing the feat of registering the most assists in one season could guide the Gunners to a long awaited Premier League title.
Could the Player of the Year award be in motion too? Not bad for a player labelled a flop just 12 months ago.