Mesut Ozil breaks Premier League assist record against Tottenham

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Mesut Ozil's assist for Arsenal's equaliser against Tottenham broke a Premier League record.

This was the sixth game in a row in which the German has assisted a goal, breaking the record for the most consecutive assists in a Premier League season.

Cesc Fabregas also assisted a goal in six consecutive Premier League appearances, but his achievement was spread over spells with Arsenal and Chelsea that were separated by three years.

Consecutive Premier League assists

Player Club Year Total
Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2015 6
Cesc Fabregas Arsenal/Chelsea 2011-2014 6
Antonio Valencia Manchester United 2011 5
Thierry Henry Arsenal 2004 5
Ryan Giggs Manchester United 2003 5
Gianfranco Zola Chelsea 2002 5
Darren Anderton Tottenham 1993 5

Ozil's sequence began in the 5-2 away win against Leicester in which he provided the assist for Alexis Sanchez's second goal and his ball for Gibbs' goal made it six in a row.

Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, Neville credited Ozil's accurate delivery for hauling Arsenal back into the game.

"He found it tough for 75 minutes, but you know when the ball lands at his feet, the delivery more often than not is very good," said Neville. "He picks the right pass.

It's a great, great record. It's some feat and he's playing now at the level that we all imagined he would.
Gary Neville

"It's no surprise that it was his delivery at the end. He does a lot of the right things on the ball and delivers it into the right areas.

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"It's a great, great record. It's some feat and he's playing now at the level that we all imagined he would."

Indeed, the 27-year-old has become the first player in Europe's top five leagues to reach double figures for assists in the current campaign.

He's a world champion but he wasn't doing it week in, week out and now he is.
Thierry Henry

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is certainly enjoying Ozil's performances. "For me, he's finally delivering this season," Henry told Sky Sports.

"You can see his awareness, you can see his class - we all know about his touch.

"He's a world champion but he wasn't doing it week in, week out and now he is; early crosses, great passes behind the back four, one-twos."

He's a class act and Arsenal are the perfect team for him.
Graeme Souness

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness agrees. "He's got wing mirrors; he can see everything that's going on around him," said Souness.

"We've got used to the silkiness, but I think people have been frustrated that they've not seen the aggression, the sprinting to win the ball back.

"I think you have to accept that, because he gives you so much when you've got the ball in the opposition third and that's the most difficult place to play.

"He's a class act and Arsenal are the perfect team for him. He's one of those whom - on his day - you'd pay to see play."

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