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GW10 Ones to watch: Mesut Ozil

The Scout 26 Oct 2017
Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

Former FPL favourite has stats to suggest assists are on the way as part of Arsenal's deadly front three

The Scout's series on five players to target for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 10 continues.

Mesut Ozil (ARS) £9.3m

The playmaker announced his return to the FPL reckoning last weekend.

Ozil was outstanding for Arsenal in the 5-2 win over Everton, returning a goal, an assist and maximum bonus points.

The German was recalled and named in the starting XI alongside Alexis Sanchez (£11.8m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£10.3m) for the first time this season.

The trio combined to make an immediate impact on Merseyside.

Arsene Wenger’s side recorded 21 shots in the penalty area, a season high equalled only by Manchester City’s tally against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 6.

A newly confident Ozil hosts Swansea City on Saturday.

The Swans have conceded a single goal in their four away trips. But they have perhaps been fortunate.

Only Leicester City (102) and Burnley (122), who have both played a match more, have conceded more than their 80 shots on goal on the road.

Swans manager Paul Clement could also be without first-choice left-back Martin Olsson (£5.0m) at Emirates Stadium.

The Swede suffered a hamstring problem in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and is an early doubt. His omission could result in Kyle Naughton (£4.5m) being shifted to left-back, with  Angel Rangel (£3.9m) on the right.

That would disrupt a defence tasked with stopping the direct running of Sanchez and the creativity of Ozil.

The German proved unstoppable at Everton, delivering eight key passes, three more than any other player in Gameweek 9.

He produced 11 assists in 2016/17, following a season-high 19 in 2015/16.

Promisingly for FPL managers, Ozil is now creating a chance every 19.1 minutes, an improvement on both of those previous campaigns.

Ozil creativity
  2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Assists 19 11 1
Mins per chance created 20.8 28.4 19.1

With the clinical Lacazette and revived Sanchez converting his supply, Ozil’s potential for FPL points goes to a new level.

Yet he is currently found in only 1.6% of squads.

That makes him a formidable differential for Gameweek 10.

Also in this series

Part 1: Richarlison

Part 2: Riyad Mahrez

Part 4: Mame Biram Diouf

Part 5: Scott Dann

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