Mesut Ozil started for the Gunners against the Toffees and here are three things we learned following his performance.
1. More than an assist
Ozil has provided the highest number of assists in the Premier League this season (19). It is however, worth noting that he has setup just two goals in 2016 but is it fair to criticise the World Cup winner? The Arsenal star has not stopped making chances in fact he has created more than any other player in the league (116). The problem is more to do with the forwards lack of finishing than Ozil not providing which is backed up by the fact the Gunners have scored the fewest goals in the top four. The 27-year-old did not add to his assist tally in the 2-0 win over Everton but was directly involved in the opening goal.
2. Leadership quality
Arsenal have been criticised for lacking grit and not having a winning mentality over the last few seasons but Ozil wants to change all that. The Germany international of Turkish origin issued a rallying call to his teammates urging them to not give up hope of lifting the Premier League title going into the Everton and it seems to have done the trick.
“A few weeks ago they told us we can win the league so everybody can change their position,” he told Arsenal’s official website.
“We have to win our games, especially at home. So our next game will be very important for us.”
3. Pass master
Ozil made the highest number of passes for the Gunners (58) at an 86 percent accuracy to help his side keep possession and launch attacking moves including being directly involved in the buildup for Welbeck’s opening goal.