Mikel Arteta says he is looking for Mesut Ozil to be the difference-maker for Arsenal in every appearance, and suggests that his lack of tangible contribution this season is in some part down to bad luck.
In 17 appearances in all competitions, the German has managed just two assists – one in the Premier League and one in the Carabao Cup.
He hasn’t scored a goal for the club since the 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace in April of last year; he’s taken just six shots this season; and his end product over the last 18 months has been far below what you would expect from a player of his stature.
Players with more goal assists than Mesut Ozil (3) in the last season and a half.
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Of course his difficult relationship with Unai Emery played a part, and under Arteta the 31 year old has certainly played better and looked more comfortable. However, he is someone who could and should be producing more in terms of goals and assists.
Knowing is quality well from the time they were teammates, Arteta is keen to get more out of the mercurial playmaker.
“The demands that we have to put on him are to make the difference every single game,” he told the Evening Standard.
“To do that he needs the right structure and players around him to help him to do that.
“I think he could have had more assists and probably more goals in the games he has played under me which has been a little bit unlucky but overall I think that his performance has improved a lot.”
How we could do with a contribution tonight when we face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.