Ozil creates slice of history

17 May 2017
Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder set a new PL record against Sunderland but which current Man Utd and Man City players did he surpass?

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Alexis Sanchez's brace of goals may have grabbed the headlines on Tuesday night, but it was Mesut Ozil who created Premier League history in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Sunderland.

The German playmaker created 12 goalscoring chances at Emirates Stadium, setting a new record for most chances created in a single PL match since such records began in 2003/04.

Ozil surpassed the previous record of 11, posted by five players including current Premier League stars Antonio Valencia, of Manchester United, and Manchester City's David Silva

After last night's creative display, Ozil is one of only two players to ever reach double figures for chances provided in a single match on two separate occasions, along with former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda.

Most chances created in a match*
Date Player Opponent Chances created (inc. assists)
16/05/17 Mesut Ozil (ARS) SUN 12
20/11/10 Florent Malouda (CHE) BIR 11
28/08/11 Samir Nasri (MCI) TOT 11
07/05/05 Jermaine Pennant (BIR) NOR 11
16/01/10 Antonio Valencia (MUN) BUR 11
21/03/15 David Silva (MCI) WBA 11
20/09/09 Ryan Giggs (MUN) MCI 10
26/12/09 Florent Malouda (CHE) BIR 10
02/02/16 Mesut Ozil (ARS) SOU 10

Ozil's creativity also led to a busy evening in front of goal for Arsenal, as their tally of 36 shots is the most the Gunners have ever registered in a Premier League fixture.

Eleven of these were repelled by Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, meaning that only team-mate Vito Mannone (13 v Liverpool) has produced more stops in a 2016/17 match than the 23-year-old.

Although Arsenal's 36 shots at goal is a club PL-high, it falls eight shy of the overall Premier League record set by Man City in their unforgettable 2011/12 title-winning victory over Queens Park Rangers

Most shots in a match*
Date Team Opponent Total shots
13/05/12 MCI QPR 44
21/03/15 MCI WBA 43
17/01/09 CHE STK 42
29/01/14 CHE WHU 39
29/10/16 MUN BUR 38
20/04/16 LIV EVE 37
14/04/06 MUN SUN 36
16/05/17 ARS SUN 36

Watch: Goals from Sunderland win

View: Arsenal fixtures

*Since records began in 2003/04

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