There are going to be key battles happening all over the pitch this evening as Arsenal look to wrestle back the Premier League lead against London rivals Chelsea.
This could be a match which turns out to be a classic match up between the open and aggressive attacking style of Arsene Wenger and the more withdrawn tactical approach of Jose Mourinho.
Oscar has made one more appearance than Ozil so far this season but there is a clear difference between the two.
Ozil has started every single match he’s been selected for (13) whereas Oscar has made 11 starts and three sub appearances this season.
It suggests that Ozil is slightly surer of his place in the Arsenal midfield, which breeds confidence.
Goals and Assists
One of the main areas that an attacking midfielder has to weigh in is with goals and assists.
Oscar has one more goal than Ozil with five compared to four, but the German has registered seven assists in the Premier League.
Oscar is yet to register a Premier League assist this season, which could be a very small area of concern for Mourinho.
Ozil also edges this head-to-head in terms of passing accuracy.
He’s completing 87.3% of passes per match on average, which is slightly higher than the 83.2% from Chelsea’s Brazilian.
That suggests that Ozil is slightly more deadly with the ball at his feet in key areas and that he protects the ball a little better.
They’re both very good at retaining possession so whichever side is chasing the game later this evening could find things very difficult.
Oscar has picked up one booking in the league this season whereas Ozil is yet to be shown a yellow card.
They both have very good discipline and should both be able to keep very level heads this evening in what could be a very loud and intimidating atmosphere.
It suggests that it could be pointless with both of them to try and be aggressive and getting stuck in to try and wind them up.
Shots per Game
Oscar appears to be the more dangerous midfielder in the opponent’s final third because he averages more shots per game; 2.1 compared to 1.3.
Ozil is very much a player who likes to assist and create for others whereas Oscar is more likely to go for the kill himself if he spots an opportunity to do so.
It creates a great contrast between two similar players but it could favour Chelsea later if genuine chances during the game are hard to come by.
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