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How Good Is Ozil?
Araz (Queens Park Rangers) 3 years ago
In the final hours of a frantic transfer dead line day Arsenal, at last, delivered their long suffering supporters the massively overdue big name that had been promised by Wenger and Gazidis at the start of summer.

Mesut Ozil arrived at The Emirates amidst some confused looks. Mostly those mystified by why Real Madrid would let such a prized asset go. Others questioned why Arsenal who surely were in greater need of a striker, defender, possible goal keeper, chimney sweeper, spiritual healer or in fact any position other than attacking midfielder, had splashed their record load on such quality in possibly the only area you could argue they were already well endowed.

The answer the the latter is that outstanding quality is always worth purchasing because genuine world class ability in an available 24 year old is almost as rare as an Arsenal trophy these days. So how good is Arsenal new boy Mesut Ozil?

Ozil: World Top 20 Midfielder
There is no doubt that Ozil is an astonishing talent and an ingenious master of assists. A fee of £40m+ is obviously inflated by the scramble of transfer deadline day but he may well be worth the money in today's market, especially given the huge experience and level of accomplishment he has achieved at the age of 24.

Mesut Ozil's goal contribution ranks up there with the world's finest strikers, let alone midfielders. At 119 minutes per goal contributed he is a deadly creative player with few in the world able to match his stats when it comes to the business of creating and scoring goals. He's miles ahead of 160 minutes per goal contributed figured achieved by Santi Cazorla last season and has better figures than Walcott's career total of a goal contributed every 142 minutes per goal made or scored over his career.

Ozil has really risen to prominence as he has reached maturity over the last few years. If you compare his figures for last season things get even better with a goal contributed for every 96 minutes of game time in 60 appearances in 2012/13. To put that in to perspective Gareth Bale had an identical figure over the same period last season.

As a Real Madrid player it's no surprise that Ozil has vast experience at the very top level.

He has made 40 appearances in the Champions League making 20 assists and scoring 4 goals to give him a goal contributed for every 130 minutes of game time at Champions League level, a tally any attacking player would be proud of at that level, and one which can't be bettered by many creative midfield men.

He is also a regular for the German national team. A good showing at the 2010 World Cup brought him 1 goal and 3 assists at the age of 20, and since then he has grown stronger having notched up 47 caps (at the time of going to press), scoring 14 times at international level.

Our Rating
There is no doubt what so ever that Ozil is a world class player who has been consistently getting better every season, and still has room to improve even further than his exceptional current level.

He as proven himself on every stage and is an experienced Champions League and international level performer even at the age of 24. There are few gems like this on the world stage and even though his price is inflated by the drama of deadline day there is no doubt he could prove to be worth any premium over the next few years so we have no issue placing him in the lofty position of world top 20 midfielder.

--This article was originally featured on Premier League Predictions Blog--

Thias (Chelsea) 3 years ago
Great work
Mt1234 (Bolton Wanderers) 3 years ago
Some good points. But never really on stats in order to defend a player. Football involves MUCH more than simply tabulating the score sheets
Titi (Arsenal) 3 years ago
Stats are not a causality, but they're a good point of reference. Quantitative descriptions of the player at least give you an idea of what to excpect, unlike qualitative ones. You can tell me all about his outside of the foot pass all you want, but what does that tell me? That he passes the ball well with the outside of his foot, that's it. My point is, if you didn't want stats, then what did you want? Good article Araz!

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