By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil closed within four assists of Thierry Henry’s Premier League record when he created Arsenal’s opening goal against Bournemouth on Monday night.
Ozil’s corner was converted by recalled defender Gabriel to break the deadlock and give the Gunners a 1-0 advantage at Emirates Stadium.
It was the German’s 16th assist in his 18th 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.
With the campaign now at the halfway mark, Ozil is now just four assists short of Thierry Henry’s 2002-03 Premier League record of 20 in a single campaign.
It also extended Ozil’s lead at the head of this season’s Premier League assists summit, with the playmaker directly creating twice as many goals as his nearest rival.
The Arsenal man’s closest challenger is Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, who has provided eight assists this season.
Moreover, no player in the English top flight has produced more than Ozil’s 29 Premier League assists since the German joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013.