Arsenal news: Ozil is twice as good as nearest rival as he adds to Premier League assists haul
By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil added to his outstanding Premier League assists haul when he created Arsenal’s second goal for Aaron Ramsey against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Ozil’s disguised pass after 33 minutes was converted by Ramsey to give the Gunners a 2-0 advantage at Villa Park after Olivier Giroud had put them in front from the penalty spot.
It was the German’s 13th assist in his 15th 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’s closest challenger Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu, who has provided seven assists this season.
Moreover, no player in the English top flight has produced more than Ozil’s 27 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.
Ozil is close to agreeing a £50,000-a-week pay rise that will lift his salary to £180,000-a-week and make him comfortably the team’s best-paid player.
As revealed by Football Insider, negotiations are centring on a five-and-a-half-year deal worth £51.5million.