Footballer: 'Silva is better than Ozil' - do the stats agree?

A West Ham United player has claimed that Manchester City's playmaker is greater than Arsenal's, but is he correct?

'At the minute [David Silva] is probably better [than Mesut Ozil],' that is the opinion of West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble, who was part of the Hammers side who were slain 3-1 by an in-form Manchester City on Saturday, October 19, the same day Ozil helped Arsenal dominate Norwich City by four goals to one.

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Silva was a prominent figure in City's nailing of the Hammers. His ability to manipulate a dead ball allowed Sergio Aguero to secure an elusive brace away from home by virtue of a precise headed attempt directed at the near post. Kun returned the favour ten minutes before the game's death as his backheeled assist allowed Silva to calmly curl a 20-yard corker into the top corner.

It is performances such as these, combined with his Premier League and FA Cup winners medals, his World Cup coup with Spain, his 29 goals and 33 assists in all competitions with Valencia and his 77 international appearances, that has Noble purring at his skill-set and experience.

'[Silva has] got that ­experience,' he added, as reported by The Mirror. 'He has won things with Spain. He has won championships here. He has won cups here and he is like that week in, week out. He is one of the best players on the pitch every time he goes out there.

'That’s what Spain seem to be bringing through these days. Every player that comes over or every player that you see on the telly is a top, top player. That’s why they have been winning everything over the last few years.'

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While Noble may have been witness to a virtuoso performance from one of Spain's many makers of plays, across London, Mesut Ozil was part of a devastating Arsenal line-up that romped to an impressive victory over Norwich.

The German scored twice - one of which was from his head; the first time he has ever scored with that part of his anatomy in league or Champions League football.

Despite Ozil's stylish display on Saturday, Noble nominates Silva as the better of the two, but is the West Ham man right and do the statistics agree?

In five Premier League games or 428 minutes of pitch-time, Ozil has completed 88% of his 338 passes, has created 19 chances, assisted thrice, scored twice and of his seven attempts on goal, all seven have been on target. That's one chance created every 22 minutes, a shot on target every 72 minutes and a goal scored or assist created every 85 minutes.

Like Ozil, Silva has participated in five Premier League matches but has been on the pitch for 416 minutes. He has completed 87% of his 366 passes, has created 20 chances, hit the target with four of his five shots, has assisted thrice and scored twice. That's one chance created every 20 minutes, a shot on target every 104 minutes and a goal scored or assist created every 83 minutes.

Statistically, they are remarkably similar. Perhaps what will separate these two elite attackers will come down to successful longevity. Whoever can maintain their pass and chance rates throughout the campaign will likely emerge the superior superstar.

Who do you think is better between David Silva and Mesut Ozil? Let us know in the comment section below!

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