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Ozil falls just short of Henry in BPL assist race

8 Jun 2016
Ozil knocks the ball past Delph

German's 19th assist of the campaign against Villa one shy of Arsenal legend's unbeaten feat

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Mesut Ozil helped ensure Arsenal finished second in the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League by recording his 19th assist of the season in a 4-0 defeat of Aston Villa.

In doing so, the playmaker jumped above Frank Lampard and Cesc Fabregas, both of whom reached the 18-mark in 2004/05 and 2014/15 respectively.

The only BPL player to have bettered Ozil's feat is Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who set up 20 goals for his team-mates in 2002/03.

Ozil was hoping to trump Henry's unbeaten record but while he created four chances on Sunday, to take his season total to a league-leading 146 and the most in a single campaign since 2003/04, only his cross to Olivier Giroud was converted.

Most assists in a BPL season

Season Player Team Assist
2002/03 Henry Arsenal 20
2015/16 Ozil Arsenal 19
2004/05 Lampard Chelsea 18
2014/15 Fabregas Chelsea 18
2007/08 Fabregas Arsenal 17

 

Ozil's contributions guided Arsenal to their first Barclays Premier League top-two finish in 11 years and Olivier Giroud also played a huge part in their final-day triumph.

The Frenchman's hat-trick at Emirates Stadium was his first treble in the English top flight and the 37th scored by an Arsenal player in the BPL. No team have had more hat-tricks in the competition.

It took Giroud's season tally to 16, his joint-best return since moving from Montpellier in 2012.

Ozil has assisted seven of those goals, with no other player combination linking up on more occasions in 2015/16 (level with Dele Alli for Harry Kane, for Tottenham Hotspur, and Troy Deeney for Odion Ighalo, for Watford).

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