Arsenal are undergoing a similar stutter as in previous seasons in their pursuit of league title. After 25 matches, the Gunners have dropped down to third in the Premier League after managing just one win from their last five matches.
Their strong run in the first half of the season owes much to the emphatic form of playmaker Mesut Ozil, whose 16 assists took them to top of the table in December 2015.
Since January, he has went on a drab run of form in four matches without an assist or goal until finding the back of the net in his team’s 2-0 win against Bournemouth last week. And the Londoners often fail to register a win when the German’s name doesn’t enter into the assist of goal column.
It is pretty clear that the Gunners have no genuine quality behind the striker other than Mesut Ozil when Alexis Sanchez was injured in November. The likes of Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott proved rather inconsistent when coming up against tough oppositions.
The French striker Olivier Giroud has been pretty consistent throughout the season, but the return of Alexis Sanchez is a real boost to their title chances.
The Chilean maestro is yet to show the glimpses of the form that earned him 16 league goals last season. He has only managed 6 goals from 15 league starts this season and his partnership with Ozil for the rest of the season will be a key factor that decides where Arsenal will finish at the end of the season.
He will definitely ease off some responsibilities from the shoulders of Ozil and allows more freedom to the likes of Ramsey and Giroud.
Next up for Arsenal is the top of the table clash against a consistent Leicester City. With five points separating the team at the start of the match this could have all the making of a Premier League classic.