By Coral Barry

After snatching a point in the London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal once again owed much to the assistsmeister Mesut Ozil.

The German playmaker has been at his creative best in recent months and set a new Premier League record on Sunday as he provided an assist for the sixth consecutive match.

In total, he has supplied 10 league assists this season, four more than his closest rival in England, Manchester City’s David Silva.

Ozil is out on his own in the Premier League, but how does he measure up to the most inventive players in Europe’s major leagues? Football Insider finds out.


Record breaker: Ozil the first to get six assists in six games

ENGLAND: Mesut Ozil

Age: 27

Club: Arsenal

League appearances 2015/16: 11

League assists 15/16: 10

League goals 15/16: 1

The first player in Premier League history to supply assists in six consecutive matches, the silky German has now provided ten in 11 games this season. Since his 2013 arrival in England, no one can match Ozil’s haul of 24 assists. The statistics are proof of the 27-year-old’s value and, moreover, no other player in Europe across the five best leagues can come close to the German’s 2015/16 tally. Ozil stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Douglas Costa

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GERMANY: Douglas Costa

Age: 25

Club: Bayern Munich

League appearances 2015/16: 11

League assists 15/16: 7

League goals 15/16: 2

Enter the closest challenger to Arsenal’s supreme creator, Douglas Costa. The Brazilian has taken the Bundesliga by storm since joining for a £30million from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer, supplying seven assists and making light of the injury absences of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. Costa created a remarkable seven chances in Bayern Munich’s latest demolition job at the weekend as the league leaders annihilated Stuttgart 4-0. Arsenal fans will know what the left-winger is capable of after he tormented them in their Champions League mauling in Munich last week, when he laid on Bayern’s fifth goal. In a team of superstars, Costa has settled in seamlessly and will be the best bet to push Ozil for the assists crown if he can keep his place in the team.


Numero uno: Whabi Kharzi tops the Ligue 1 charts ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

FRANCE: Wahbi Khazri

Age: 24

Club: Bordeaux

League appearances 2015/16: 12

League assists 15/16: 5

League goals 15/16: 4

Wahbi Khazri may be unknown to most across Europe, but with five assists in Ligue 1 the attacking midfielder is making a name for himself in France. However his last contribution was in early October, at which point Bordeaux switched him from a central position to the the wings. In that position, the 24-year-old Tunisian has struggled to make the same impact, creating eight chances in his last four games compared to 15 in his previous four. Nevertheless, Khazri tops the assists chart in the French top flight, ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Monaco’s Nabil Dirar and Marseille’s Abdelazis Barrada.


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ITALY: Miralem Pjanic

Age: 25

Club: Roma

League appearances 2015/16: 10

League assists 15/16: 5

League goals 15/16: 5

Roma’s 1-0 defeat against Inter Milan two weeks ago was the first time this season Miralem Pjanic has failed to either score or create a goal. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international shares the assists lead in Serie A with AC Milan’s Giacomo Bonaventura and Chievo Verona’s Riccardo Meggiorini, who also have five assists after 12 games. Like Ozil, Roma fans will be hoping the impish playmaker can guide his side to a title this season, especially with Juventus languishing down in seventh.


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SPAIN: Nolito

Age: 29

Club: Celta de Vigo

League appearances 2015/16: 11

League assists 15/16: 4

League goals 15/16: 7

The oldest on the list, Nolito is one of five La Liga players to have notched four assists. But none of Gareth Bale, Roberto Soldado, Alberto Ramos and Marco Asensio can match the Spaniard’s haul of seven goals. Nolito has been one of the stars of the season in Spain. Two of his five assists came in Celta Vigo’s remarkable 4-1 win against Barcelona in late September and the 29-year-old has become the talisman of an ever-improving Vigo. Despite all this, Nolito and Spain remain way behind Ozil’s incredible tally.