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Was Neville right to question Ozil’s impact?

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Squawka ask whether Gary Neville was right to question the impact made by the summer's biggest signing.

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Mesut Ozil was one of the most highly-rated midfielders in Europe and the announcement that Arsenal had managed to snatch him up from Real Madrid on deadline day left Gunners everywhere beaming with delight.

Ozil was expected to be the catalyst for Arsenal to mount a title challenge and while the Gunners sit at the top of the Premier League, not everyone believes it's down to the German.

Gary Neville recently said of the former Real Madrid man: “I know they’ve signed Ozil, but [while] he’s had a good impact it’s not what you’d call a massive impact whereby he’s doing a Luis Suarez or scoring 15-20 goals.”

Neville may have a point that Ozil "isn't doing a Luis Suarez" but that's akin to saying, he's not scoring at a rate of two goals a game or he's not single-handedly driving to Old Trafford, removing the title trophy from the cabinet and delivering it to the Emirates.

Ozil has contributed goals at a rate of one in four for the Gunners, which while not exactly prolific isn't too shabby for a midfielder - especially one who's new to the Premier League.

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The reason Ozil was so coveted by many of the top sides, not just in the Premier League but across Europe was, his ability to create chances.

Last season for Real Madrid, Ozil created 91 chances in 32 games, an impressive record, but one which came in a side that contained a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

So far at Arsenal, Ozil has a record of creating chances that's comparable with his time at the Bernabeu.

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Neville's comments seem even harsher when you look at how Ozil compares to some of the other attacking midfielders playing for the top sides.

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The real measure of Ozil's impact though can be seen by how well Arsenal have performed since he arrived and there's no denying the team have gained results with him in the side.

Of Ozil's 16 appearances for the Gunners, 11 have ended in victory with three draws and two defeats - hardly a record to raise questions about the validity of Wenger breaking his transfer record.

The only real question Neville's comments about Ozil raise are the one's about the Sky pundit's ability, not the German's.

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