Arsenal’s Ozil is the Assist King of Europe

By Joel Turner IN General,Player comparison - 11:27 Mar 22nd 2016

He's known for topping the European assist charts, and Ozil looks to have built an another unassailable tally as we head into the final stretch of the season.

The German 'pass-master' has already created 18 goals this season. So how exactly does that stack-up against the best in Europe? We've looked at those topping the assist charts in the Bundelsiga, Ligue 1, La Liga and Serie A to find out.

It's worth mentioning that Barca's attacking triumvirate are the most lethal goal threat in European football,and between them have created 32 goals so far this season. Which goes someway to explaining why Messrs Neymar, Messi and Suarez have scored 69 goals this season.

But putting the other-worldly Barcelona trio aside, how does the German midfield magician shape-up?

Ozil V Mahrez

Riyad
Mahrez
versusMesut
Ozil
MIDPOSITIONMID
25Y 1MAGE27Y 5M
5FT 10INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
9ST 8LBWEIGHT11ST 8LB
 
PL | LEI | | ARS | PL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
29
STARTS
28
2471
MINS
PLAYED
2446
16
GOALS
5
11
ASSISTS
18
4
OPENING
GOALS
2
7
WINNING
GOALS
1
4
HOME
GOALS
2
12
AWAY
GOALS
3
2
HEADED
GOALS
L
12
R
2
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
4
R
1
154
MINS
PER GOAL
489
10
TOTAL
1

The Premier League would be a much drabber place without the contribution of these two. Both extravagantly gifted, Mahrez has chipped in with more than three times as many goals for the Foxes - staking a legitimate claim to player of the season awards.

Ozil V Suarez

Luis
Suarez
versusMesut
Ozil
FWDPOSITIONMID
29Y 1MAGE27Y 5M
5FT 11INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
13ST 5LBWEIGHT11ST 5LB
 
LL | BCN | | ARS | PL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
28
STARTS
28
2520
MINS
PLAYED
2446
26
GOALS
5
13
ASSISTS
18
6
OPENING
GOALS
2
7
WINNING
GOALS
1
17
HOME
GOALS
2
9
AWAY
GOALS
3
3
HEADED
GOALS
L
3
R
20
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
4
R
1
97
MINS
PER GOAL
489
9
TOTAL
1

Betting known for biting opponents than his assist game, but it appears Suarez is flourishing as part of Barca's 'MSN' attacking trident. Despite appearances to the contrary, we know from his partnership with Sturridge in the Premier League at Liverpool that Suarez can play nicely with others.

Ozil V Ibrahimovic

Zlatan
Ibrahimovic
versusMesut
Ozil
FWDPOSITIONMID
34Y 5MAGE27Y 5M
6FT 5INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
14ST 13LBWEIGHT11ST 13LB
 
FL | PSG | | ARS | PL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
23
STARTS
28
2032
MINS
PLAYED
2446
27
GOALS
5
11
ASSISTS
18
6
OPENING
GOALS
2
7
WINNING
GOALS
1
13
HOME
GOALS
2
14
AWAY
GOALS
3
2
HEADED
GOALS
L
4
R
21
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
4
R
1
75
MINS
PER GOAL
489
8
TOTAL
3

Zlatan doesn't assist, he is the assist. Or some such nonsense. Despite being in the twilight of his career though, Ibrahimovic still makes a massive contribution and has scored a massive 27 goals this season, with his 11 assists just a footnote for the great man.

Ozil V Insigne

Lorenzo
Insigne
versusMesut
Ozil
FWDPOSITIONMID
24Y 9MAGE27Y 5M
5FT 4INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
9ST 4LBWEIGHT11ST 4LB
 
SA | NAP | | ARS | PL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
28
STARTS
28
2152
MINS
PLAYED
2446
11
GOALS
5
10
ASSISTS
18
5
OPENING
GOALS
2
2
WINNING
GOALS
1
6
HOME
GOALS
2
5
AWAY
GOALS
3
HEADED
GOALS
L
1
R
10
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
4
R
1
196
MINS
PER GOAL
489
7
TOTAL
2

The Italian has started the same number of games as Ozil, but scored more than twice as many goals. It's not hard to see why Insigne is attracting plaudits for his performances.

Ozil V Mkhitaryan

Henrikh
Mkhitaryan
versusMesut
Ozil
MIDPOSITIONMID
27Y 2MAGE27Y 5M
5FT 10INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
11ST 11LBWEIGHT11ST 11LB
 
BL | BVB | | ARS | PL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
24
STARTS
28
2173
MINS
PLAYED
2446
10
GOALS
5
10
ASSISTS
18
1
OPENING
GOALS
2
3
WINNING
GOALS
1
5
HOME
GOALS
2
5
AWAY
GOALS
3
1
HEADED
GOALS
L
5
R
4
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
4
R
1
217
MINS
PER GOAL
489
7
TOTAL
4

The Dortmund maestro can't quite match Ozil's tallies this year, although Mkhitaryan has scored twice as many goals and has long been rumoured as a Premier League target.

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