If you type ‘Ozil’ into social media, it will probably take you all of ten seconds at the most to find someone talking about Mesut Ozil’s assist record.
Last weekend, after Arsenal won 3-0 at Watford and Ozil bagged a brace of assists, gullible Arsenal fans starting claiming that the German World Cup winner had achieved the all-time assist record in Europe.
The fake stat was often given the faint hint of credibility by referencing Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme.
While that whole stat was bogus, the good people at Opta Joe have now revealed that Ozil has broken a Premier League record during the game against Everton.
Against the Toffees, Ozil set up Olivier Giourd for the Gunners opener with a quality cross into the box.
To qualify for the stat, players had to register a minimum of 20 assists.
With that said, the 27-year-old playmaker now has the best games/assist rate in Premier League history, averaging one assist every 2.71 matches.
That’s pretty impressive!
Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Everton put the Gunners into first place in the league, at least until the Manchester derby on Sunday.
2.71 – Mesut Özil has the best games/assist rate in @PremierLeague history – average one every 2.71 matches. (min. 20 assists) Provider.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 24, 2015