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Arsenal: Mesut Oezil and the death story of the classic ‘number 10’ (Part 2)

“If you look at the top 500 players in our rankings, the” number 10 “ratio has decreased since 2013” – Omar Chaudhuri, head of research and 21st Club football analysis share. “In 2013, 59/500 was” No. 10 “, but from 2014 to 2019, this number was reduced to 51, 41, 37, 30, 30, 30. In other words, the number of” 10 “is ancient. Dictionary has halved in the past 6 years”.

Each attacking midfielder is charged with a creative season. For example Mesut Ozil 2015/16, created 28 opportunities considered a creative season. Of the 100 most creative seasons (counting a total of five top European leagues, except Ligue 1) from attacking midfielders in this decade – are determined by the number of opportunities created at the position. that – only 16 of them happened after the 2015/16 season. The most creative season after Mesut Oezil 2015/16 is Mesut Oezil 2016/17.

However, in the “number 10” role, he created 69 opportunities – less than half of what he had done the previous season. More importantly, the 2016/17 season marks the first time after 20 years that Arsenal have not played in the top four of the Premier League.

There seems to be a limit to what a team can achieve when their creative play is directly through “number 10”. Or, at least, the coaches of the top teams in the world think that there is a limit.

Pressing height has become the strategy of most clubs hoping to conquer the Champions League championship in recent seasons. In order to press effectively, the team needs to have some diagrams when controlling the ball, but for “number 10” to cause maximum damage, he must be able to move to find space. Coach Juergen Klopp once said “No constructive midfielder in the world can be good at a counterattack.”He said incorrectly, because he had followed the tactical trend for the past 5 years.

Above all, deploying attacks through a player is not the most effective way to win. When transfer