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Mesut Ozil is the third most creative player in Europe this season

Gunners playmaker is averaging a remarkable 3.44 chances created per game, but is out of contract in the summer

ARSENAL star Mesut Ozil is officially the third-best creator in all of Europe’s Big Five leagues this season.

The Gunners playmaker, 29, is averaging a remarkable 3.44 chances created per game, but is out of contract in the summer.

Mesut Ozil is Europe's third-best creator in the 2017-18 season

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Mesut Ozil is Europe’s third-best creator in the 2017-18 season

Ozil is now expected to follow team-mate Alexis Sanchez out of the Emirates, with Manchester United the expected destination for both players.


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However, the stats suggest Arsene Wenger should be fighting tooth-and-nail to keep hold of his German midfield maestro.

After all, his tally of 3.44 chances set-up per match is only bettered by TWO players in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 combined.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar ranks No2 in Europe with a staggering tally of 3.86 chances laid-on per appearance.

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Ex-West Ham star Dimitri Payet is the No1 creator in Europe's Big Five leagues

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Ex-West Ham star Dimitri Payet is the No1 creator in Europe’s Big Five leagues

That tally is a painfully close 0.01 behind Europe’s top creator… former West Ham misfit Dimitri Payet (3.87).


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Meanwhile, another Premier League star comes in at No4, as Chelsea ace Cesc Fabregas has averaged 3.15 chances created per game this season.

Antonio Candreva (3.1) comes in fifth, while Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne (3) is the only other player to average three or more chances per outing.

Sought-after Philipp Max (2.94) ranks seventh, ahead of Mathieu Dossevi (2.87).

Arsene Wenger ought to fight until the bitter end to keep hold of Mesut Ozil

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Arsene Wenger ought to fight until the bitter end to keep hold of Mesut Ozil

PSG ace Neymar is No2 in Europe when it comes to chance creation

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PSG ace Neymar is No2 in Europe when it comes to chance creation

Liverpool are sure to still be kicking themselves at losing Philippe Coutinho – with the now-Barcelona star in ninth.

The Brazilian “Little Magician” has averaged 2.86 chances created per game, with 40 from just 14 matches.

Lorenzo Insigne (2.84), Jonathan Viera (2.83) and Bastian Oczipka (2.76) complete the list of Europe’s top creators.