Manchester City and Real Madrid’s Spaniards also make the top ten…
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Stars from Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona feature prominently on this list, which naturally includes some of European football’s most exciting creative midfielders.
Interestingly, no player in Europe averages more than one successful through-ball per game, although one world-class Barcelona player gets close.
In at ten, is the Gunners’ occasionally criticised German superstar…
10) Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – 0.4 successful through balls per match
Ozil prides himself on his ability to find onrushing teammates with zipped passes in the final third. We reckon he’d be higher up this list if Theo Walcott had been fit all season, as Arsenal cannot maximise Ozil’s through-ball ability when there isn’t any pacey options in the starting XI.