By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil extended his Premier League assists record when he created Arsenal’s opening goal for Olivier Giroud at West Brom on Saturday.
Ozil’s brilliant free-kick for Giroud’s header to give the Gunners a 1-0 advantage was the seventh consecutive Premier League match in which he had recorded an assist.
The German playmaker broke the previous record of five when he set up Kieran Gibbs for the equaliser in the north London derby 13 days ago.
The free-kick against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday extended Ozil’s lead at the head of the Premier League assists summit. He has now supplied 11 assists from 12 Premier League matches in 2015-16, including nine in his last seven games, which, before Saturday’s matches, put the Arsenal man ahead of Manchester City’s David Silva (six in five), Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez (five), Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu and Norwich’s Wes Hoolahan (five).
Moreover, no player has produced more than Ozil’s 25 Premier League assists since the German joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013.
Although Arsenal lost 2-1 to West Brom, there was consolation in the continued consistency of Ozil, who is in his best run of form since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a club-record£40million fee.
This will also give his representatives negotiating power as the playmaker steps up talks with the club on an extension to his contract, which expires in two-and-a-half years’ time.
As revealed by Football Insider, negotiations are centring on a five-and-a-half-year deal worth £51.5million.