By Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil has turned from provider to goal scorer this season, and Martin Keown believes it’s down to Alexis Sanchez playing up front.
Last season, Ozil scored eight times in 44 appearances across all competitions, but provided the most assists of any player in the Premier League, setting up 19 goals for his team-mates.
So far this season, Ozil has only provided one assist, but the Germany international has scored six goals in ten games across all competitions, including his first professional hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of Ludogorets on Wednesday.
Talking in the Daily Mail, Martin Keown said, “Having Sanchez up front helps him in this regard, as the Chilean’s direct running opens up the space in front of him.
“Sanchez’s trickery and industry also means he often creates openings himself, allowing Ozil to get into scoring positions instead of just creating chances for other people, as he did with Giroud up front.
“He’s still making chances for the likes of Sanchez and Theo, of course, but he’s also become more ruthless in front of goal.
“Arsenal have often been accused of stepping off the gas once they’re in front, but that wasn’t the case last night. Ludogorets were already beaten early in the second half, but Ozil goes and grabs himself a hat-trick!”
Ozil’s goal-scoring form has come at exactly the right time for Arsenal. After losing 4-3 to Liverpool in the opening game of the season and then drawing 0-0 with Leicester, the Gunners have now won six in a row in the Premier League and sit on top of their Champions League group.
They play Middlesbrough next in the Premier League on Saturday and know that a win could take them top of the league.
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