By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil added to his outstanding Premier League assists haul when he created Arsenal’s two first-half goals against Manchester City on Monday night.
Ozil’s pass after 32 minutes was converted in style by Walcott to give the Gunners a 1-0 advantage at Emirates Stadium and break the deadlock.
The German then set up the second for Olivier Giroud on the cusp of half-time as the Gunners went 2-0 up against Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
It was the German’s 14th and 15th assists in his 16th 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. Ozil is now within five assists of Thierry Henry’s 2001-02 Premier League record of 20 in a single campaign.
It also extended Ozil’s lead at the head of the Premier League assists summit, with the playmaker directly creating more than twice as many goals as his nearest rival.
The Arsenal man’s closest challengers are Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, who have provided seven 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.
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.