Comparing Arsenal’s record with and without Mesut Ozil since 2018-19

Despite being Arsenal’s highest earner, Mesut Ozil was omitted from their Premier League squad and remains in exile under Mikel Arteta. 

Since joining the Gunners in 2013, Ozil has divided opinion amongst fans and looks set to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.

We’ve taken a closer look at Arsenal’s record with and without the Germany international in the starting XI in all competitions since the start of 2018-19.

It perhaps comes as no surprise to see that Arsenal average more goals per game with Ozil’s creativity in the side.

On the flipside, it is equally not a huge surprise to see the Gunners more likely to leak goals with the playmaker in their team.

Ultimately, the comparative win rates perhaps tell the biggest story.

With Ozil starting

Played: 51
Won: 23
Drawn: 15
Lost: 13

Goals for: 95
Goals against: 69

Points per game: 1.64
Win rate: 45.1%
Loss rate: 25.5%
Goals per game: 1.86
Goals against per game: 1.35

Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema celebrate

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Without Ozil starting

Played: 76
Won: 45
Drawn: 13
Lost: 18

Goals for: 131
Goals against: 80

Points per game: 1.94
Win rate: 59.2%
Loss rate: 23.7%
Goals per game: 1.72
Goals against per game: 1.05

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