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Alexis Sanchez Actually Has More Assists Than Mesut Ozil This Season

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Alexis Sanchez Actually Has More Assists Than Mesut Ozil This Season

Mesut Ozil's season ended with him slumped on the bench at the Europa League final and just to kick a man whilst he's down, he's actually had a less productive season than former teammate Alexis Sanchez when it comes to assists.

It's not even 18 months ago that Arsenal were in crisis because their best two players were both running down their contracts and set to leave for absolutely nothing in the summer of 2018.

In the end neither of them left for nothing though. Alexis Sanchez moved to Manchester United in a swap for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and in turn that allowed the Gunners to offer Mesut Ozil the money he wanted to stay.

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You wouldn't be lying if you said that it hasn't worked out for anyone involved with Mkhitaryan's move to the Emirates being the best part of the deal, and he's not exactly set the world alight.

Sanchez has been much maligned at Old Trafford, and rightly so, and his first full season has been awful, leading to rumours he'll be moved on in the summer.

Things haven't been much better for Ozil and the man once considered an assist machine hasn't even created as many goals for his teammates this season as Sanchez has for his.

As per ESPN's stats Sanchez has four assists this season to Ozil's three, providing them in nearly 1000 minutes less of football.

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Sanchez and Ozil in happier times. Image: PA Images
Sanchez and Ozil in happier times. Image: PA Images

In the Premier League the two men assisted teammates three times each, the United forward's all oddly coming away from home.

The Chilean however takes the crown ahead of his former colleague for setting up Romelu Lukaku for United's second goal in the FA Cup game against Reading.

Strangely enough though Ozil did score more goals than the former Barcelona player, despite the latter's reputation for being a better goalscorer, but overall both men had poor seasons.

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Ozil immediately removes his runners up medal on Wednesday night. Image: PA Images
Ozil immediately removes his runners up medal on Wednesday night. Image: PA Images

Once again the German midfielder seemed to go missing in a big game on Wednesday night at the Gunners lost the Europa League final 4-1 to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The loss means that Unai Emery's team won't be playing in the Champions League once again next season and will have to make do with the Europa League.

Both players could leave their respective clubs this summer but both are on huge wages so it won't be easy to get rid of them.

Topics: Football News, Europa League, Manchester United, Mesut Ozil, English Football, Alexis Sanchez, Premier League, FA Cup, Arsenal, Champions League

Ryan Sidle
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