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Premier League: Arsenal creator fancied to profit from Leicester lull

Mesut Ozil has abruptly silenced his critics in his third season with Arsenal
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Jamie Vardy has been replaced at the top of the PFA Player of the Year betting market by Mesut Ozil...

"Whereas Jamie Vardy made history for his impact over a three-month period, Mesut Ozil is on course to redefine what is possible within the boundaries of a single season by rapidly closing in on Thierry Henry’s all-time Premier League high of 20 assists in a campaign, which has stood for 13 years."

Arsenal have been the chief beneficiaries of Leicester's post-Christmas slip in standards, cashing in on the Yuletide leaders' three-match goalless streak with successive victories to establish a two-point advantage at the Premier League's summit.

It isn't merely the squad as a unit gaining as a result of those changing circumstances either, as the Gunners' star player is also expected to reap the rewards of his Foxes equivalent's dip in form.

Since setting a new Premier League record for most consecutive games scored in (ten) against Manchester United at the end of November, Jamie Vardy has netted just once in six appearances, failing to fire in any of his most recent four.

As a result, he has drifted from 3.0 favouritism out to [4.2] in Betfair's PFA Player of the Year betting market and the man who has overtaken him is Mesut Ozil. Having previously been backed at odds as large as 25.0, the Arsenal number 11 is now the [3.0] frontrunner.

Even those who were viciously over-critical of the German in his opening two terms at the Emirates would struggle to fault his candidacy having supplied 16 top-flight assists - twice as many as the next most prolific provider - and topped that total up with three strikes of his own.

Indeed, whereas Vardy made history for his impact over a three-month period, Ozil is on course to redefine what is possible within the boundaries of a single season by rapidly closing in on Thierry Henry's all-time Premier League high of 20 assists in a campaign, which has stood for 13 years.

If it isn't to be either of the top two in the betting, there are four others in fairly prominent positions in the market, the first being Vardy's partner in fuelling Leicester's overperformance Riyad Mahrez at [6.2].

Sure, the Algerian let himself down against Bournemouth by missing the penalty that cost his side their share of top spot, but his tally of 13 goals is only two shy of his more hyped colleague and he has chimed in by setting seven up too.

Also considered to be in contention are the division's joint-top scorer Romelu Lukaku at [13.0], Tottenham line-leader Harry Kane at [16.0] and Man City schemer Kevin de Bruyne at [14.0]. The latter was tipped up on Betting.Betfair after his full debut, yet remains an outsider.

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