By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil added to his outstanding Premier League assists haul when he created Arsenal’s opening goal for Joel Campbell against Sunderland on Saturday.
Ozil’s through pass after 33 minutes was converted by Campbell to give the Gunners a 1-0 advantage at Emirates Stadium.
It was the German’s 12th assist in his 14th Premier League match this season, the most by an Arsenal player in the competition in the same campaign since Cesc Fabregas supplied 13 assists in 2009/10.
It also extended Ozil’s lead at the head of the Premier League assists summit, with the playmaker directly creating twice as many goals as his nearest rival.
The Arsenal man is ahead of Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu and Manchester City pair Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, who have all provided six assists.
Moreover, no player in the English top flight has produced more than Ozil’s 26 Premier League assists since the German joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013.
The playmaker is enjoying 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.