Arsenal legend demands more from Mesut Ozil in light of damning stats since signing bumper £350k-a-week contract
Jan. 22, 2020
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has sent a message to Mesut Ozil that he MUST do more to prove he is worth his huge wages at Arsenal.
It has been two years since the German playmaker signed a bumper £350,000-a-week contract with the north London club.
And a recent report by the Daily Telegraph highlighted a number of damning statistics about just what that money has bought.
Since penning his new big-money deal in January 2018, which runs until 2021, Ozil has scored only five goals and provided four assists in the Premier League.
Incredibly, he is 103rd on a list ranking the players with the most goal contributions in the English top-flight in that time frame.
That’s one behind Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk, and also the same tally as Manchester United youngster Dan James and Brighton’s Neal Maupay who only joined the league this season.
All while being paid over £18m-a-year in basic wages.
In contrast, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is top of the ranking with 63 combined goal contributions, with Ozil’s Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang second with 56. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero are tied third with 53 each.
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Ozil has long been a polarising figure even within Arsenal’s own fanbase, although his performances have dramatically improved since the arrival of his former team-mate Mikel Arteta as manager.
From his recent displays, the midfielder appears keen to put what has been a nightmarish two years behind him and rediscover his best form in a Gunners shirt.
Parlour certainly sees signs of that, but the Invincibles legend concedes Ozil has been too poor for too long.
“He’s getting better,” said the former midfielder on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I’ve definitely seen improvement under Arteta.
“His work-rate has got better, he’s trying to get on the ball a little bit more… but the figures don’t stack up.
Premier League goals and assists since Jan 2018 1. Salah (Liverpool) : 68 apps, 46 goals, 17 assists = 63 2. Aubameyang (Arsenal) : 71 apps, 46 goals, 10 assists = 56 3= Vardy (Leicester) : 68 apps, 45 goals, 8 assists = 53 3= Aguero (Man City) : 56 apps, 41 goals, 12 assists = 53 5. Sterling (Man City) : 66 appas, 32 goals, 18 assists = 50 6. Mane (Liverpool) : 69 apps, 37 goals, 9 assists = 46 7. Kane (Tottenham) : 62 apps, 37 goals, 7 assists = 44 8= Rashford (Man United) : 66 apps, 27 goals, 10 assists = 37 8= Hazard (Chelsea) : 51 apps, 20 goals, 17 assists = 37 10= Son (Tottenham) : 63 apps, 21 goals, 15 assists = 36 10= Jimenez (Wolves) : 61 apps, 23 goals, 13 assists = 36 103. Ozil (Arsenal) : 43 apps, 5 goals, 4 assists = 9
“He’s got support from the fans, but his stats aren’t great. If you’re player of that calibre, you’ve got to up your stats.
“Look at Kevin De Bruyne in the same position – he’s a fantastic player and those are the sort of stats you’ve got to get up to if you’re going to be really effective for your team.
“At the moment Ozil can definitely improve them.”
Watch a clip of Ray Parlour on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above