Henrikh Mkhitaryan overtakes Mesut Ozil as Europe's King of Assists

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Mesut Ozil had a sensational first half of the season, grabbing 16 assists in the Premier League and storming to the top of the rankings across Europe's top five leagues.

The Arsenal playmaker has been heavily backed to win the PFA Player of the Year award as a result of his fine form with some fans even hoping for a Ballon d'Or nomination. However, it has been a slow start to 2016 for Ozil, just as it has been for the Gunners.

Three points from their last four games has left their title hopes hanging by a thread and Ozil's assists have also dried up. Indeed, he has failed to register an assist in any of his last four games for Arsenal; his longest drought in the current campaign.


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And things are getting even worse for the German World Cup winner after he lost his European King of Assists crown to Borussia Dortmund's in-form star Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Ozil, seemingly stuck of 16 assists, was recently vaulted by the Armenian, who moved to 17 across all competitions.

Mkhitaryan recently assisted in Dortmund's 3-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB-Pokal Cup to move to the top of the table, but he still trails Ozil significantly in terms of league assists. In fact, only nine of those 17 assists have come in the Bundesliga with six coming in the Europa League and the remaining two from the German Cup.

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In fact, Ozil is still way out in front of his nearest rivals when it comes to just league statistics. Only Angel di Maria (PSG) and Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) come close with ten apiece.

It appears to be a forgone conclusion that Ozil will break the record for the most assists in a single Premier League campaign, which currently stands at 20. Set by Thiery Henry in the 2002/03 season, Ozil needs only five more to rewrite the history books.


Whether he will have a Premier League winner's medal to go with his new record is in much greater doubt. Arsenal currently trail leaders Leicester City by five points but, more worryingly, find themselves in a very familiar fourth place behind Tottenham and Manchester City.

If Arsenal are to win their first title since 2004, they will need Ozil to rekindle his very best form, starting against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

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