Mesut Ozil assists: Arsenal playmaker on course to break Thierry Henry's Premier League record

The £42.5m German is now just four assists away from equalling the record set in 2003

James Orr
Tuesday 29 December 2015 09:36
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Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal against Bournemouth
Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal against Bournemouth

Mesut Ozil has been in inspirational form for Arsenal this season.

In addition to scoring in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday, he also registered his 16th Premier League assist of the campaign, meaning he is now just four assists away from equalling the Premier League record of 20, set by Thierry Henry, also at Arsenal, in 2002/03.

After the victory at the Emirates Stadium, which put the Gunners back to the top of the league, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was quick to compare Ozil with fellow Gunners' legend Dennis Bergkamp.

"Look at the numbers on the assists and they speak for him," Wenger said.

"Yes he reminds me of Bergkamp. Bergkamp was more of a goalscorer than him and Ozil is more about assists, but now Ozil is becoming more of a goalscorer, so they are really comparable.

"I have seen a few good games from Ozil. What's important is that he's convincing everyone that he's not just a very talented player, but someone who is ready to work very hard for the team.

"Overall he is the complete player. I've not seen many players of his quality. He's an exceptional player and you have to give me credit - I always defended that point of view even when people were sceptical.

Thierry Henry in action for Arsenal during the 2002/03 season

"What's important is that he becomes as good as he can be, and he is on the way to doing that. At the moment he's absolutely fantastic.

"Mesut was the focal point of our team against Bournemouth because we had a new midfield again. He was the guy who gave reassurance with his technical security and fluidity. He gives the team confidence."

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