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Arsenal: Mesut Oezil and the death story of the classic ‘number 10’ (part 1)

Remember the 2015/16 season when Leicester shocked the world football with the Premier League championship, despite the odds of 1/5000, but that season also saw the top performance of Mesut Ozil, the most creative midfielder in the top five European leagues in this decade.

According to TruMedia’s data, Mesut Oezil created 146 chances to score in 35 Premier League matches in the 2015/16 season – 20 times more than any other player since 2010. The German midfielder carried out 19 assists – a Premier League record in this decade, as well as creating 28 clear chances (Big Chances). From September 26 to November 21, he scored assists in seven consecutive matches – an achievement that no Premier League player has ever done before and even after that. In fact, only 18 other players scored 7 assists in the whole 2015/16 season.

Despite leading the expectations score (xG) and losing expectations (xGA), Arsenal finished the season in second place, behind Leicester. If Arsenal’s results are consistent with their performances, perhaps Arsene Wenger and his coaches have won the championship and Mesut Oezil could win the ‘Best Player of the Year’ award. But even the German midfielder did not appear in the ‘Typical squad’ voted by PFA. Instead of being remembered as an achievement of top creativity, Mesut Oezil’s 2015/16 season gave another indication: Player and his position will never be important.

Mesut Oezil’s position will never be important again

Think about the best teams in the world. Not many of them are built around classic “number 10” gameplay. Man City turned both their “10s” – Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva – into traditional midfielders. Bayern Munich did the same with James Rodriguez, while their top-class footer was Joshua Kimmich, a full-back. Liverpool did so, depending on the creativity in the two wing corridors, and they won the Champions League in 2019 after selling “No. 10” Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. The 27-year-old midfielder struggled in Spain, when Barcelona built a play around Leo Messi – the world’s top superstar. Meanwhile, in Italy, the Juventus squad doesn’t have any players scoring more than 10 assists in the last season of 2018/19.

Unprecedented miracles: English football dominates Europe

For the first time in history, four powerful Premier League teams are Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea in Europe’s most prestigious finals, Champions League, and Europa League.

Arsenal and Chelsea have just signed their names on the final match in the Europa League, helping England to dominate the old continent in the 2018 season after Liverpool and Tottenham put their hands together to play in the final of C1.

It is even more impressive when both Liverpool and Tottenham created the “blockbuster” movies, causing the football world to be stunned and admired, leaving the high-level division in Madrid on the sixth night.

Two pairs of Europa League semi-finals this morning also closed with full joy for brothers into London, Arsenal, and Chelsea. The history of English football’s most successful week in the European Cup.

It is the fierce competition, strangely enough, to suffocate in the Premier League, which is the foundation for the foggy representatives to explode strongly when entering Europe.

While Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus went into a recession period, the Premier League teams have been relentless thanks to reasonable strategy.

Not many people think that Liverpool will overthrow Barcelona‘s “pal” after losing 0-3 at the Nou Camp and without the services of Salah and Firmino in the return leg. However, with determination, courage, and a bit of luck, Jurgen Klopp’s teachers did a miracle, with a 4-0 reversal that shook the bridge world.

Only 24 hours later, Tottenham is almost desperate when Ajax lead 3-0 final. However, the “rooster” has risen unbelievably, with the superhero image Lucas Moura launching 3 left foot bullets knocking down young Dutch strikers.

11 years after MU and Chelsea disturbed Moscow, English football had two teams in the Champions League final. While Tottenham headed for the first European Cup in history, The Kop hoped for the sixth time to take the throne, following the 2005 Istanbul feat.

Top 10 best defenders in the Premier League 2018

Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Robertson is the Liverpool defender. He has the most official kick in the Premier League 2017/18 (22 times). He has 5 assists for his teammates to score.

Benjamin Mendy (Man City)

Benjamin Mendy only played 360 minutes in the Premier League season he first joined. After that, the left-back had to rest because of injury. However, Mendy has 9 chances to create opportunities and 5 times to score goals. He is considered to be the most expensive left wing defender in the world. Mendy is working hard to prepare for the next Premier League season

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)

Trippier regularly makes a goal for teammates to score like Robertson of Liverpool team. He has 5 assists for teammates scoring in the English Premier League 2017. Trippier defends very well. Besides, he has the ability to support his teammates to attack and penalty.

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Hector Bellerin is Spanish. He has the ability to run very fast. Bellerin has 2 goals and 3 assists for the English Premier League team 2017/18.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

Marcos Alonso is also a Spanish defender. He is the most goal-rich defender in the Premier League 2017/18. Marcos Alonso defended very well because he was able to master the situation well.

Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace)

Although Van Aanholt is a defender, he defends very poorly. The Dutchman’s strongest point is his attacking ability. Van Aanholt is a former Chelsea player. In the English Premier League 2017/18, he has 1 assist for teammates and has 5 goals.

Harry Maguire (Leicester).

Harry Maguire is the center-back. He is 1m94 tall. He has the ability to command good teammates at the 2018 World Cup. Maguire is a player of the Leicester team who plays very well. In the Premier League 2017/18, Maguire has 2 goals and 4 assists.

Sean Morrison (Cardiff)

Sean Morrison was honored as the best player in the team last season. You defend very well. Besides, he has 7 goals. This is a very impressive number.

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Ryan Sessegnon’s mission is to be a left-back and left winger. He made a strong impression on football fans. Ryan Sessegnon has 6 assists for teammates and has 15 goals.

Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool)

Alexander-Arnold is the No. 1 right-back at Liverpool last season. Alexander-Arnold’s greatest strength is his ability to launch an attack. His weakness is defensive skills.