Mesut Ozil on statistical par with Lionel Messi

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Arsenal's new signing Mesut Ozil has been the joint-highest assist maker in Europe's top five leagues since joining Real Madrid in 2010.

Arsene Wenger parted with £42.5m to bring the German international to the Emirates - a move that sent shockwaves through the footballing world.

Since the signing, a number of Real Madrid players have spoken of their shock that Ozil was allowed to leave. Thanks to these stats, we can see why they were so upset. 

Stats compiled by Opta and put together by show that Ozil has made more key passes than any other player across Europe since arriving at the Bernabeu, averaging one every 22.1 minutes.

Those key passes led to a total of 47 goals for Real Madrid, making Ozil the joint highest assist maker in Europe alongside Lionel Messi since the 2010/11 season.

More unbelievably, Ozil provided a total of 13 assists and scored nine goals in just 25 starts for Real Madrid last season.

Arsenal fans will also be excited to hear that only Mario Gotze and Zlatan Ibrahimovic assisted more goals than Ozil in the Champions League last season. It must be noted that both Gotze and Ibrahimovic played more games than Ozil as well.

The Gunners faithful knew Ozil was good but they surely could not have known he was this good.

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