Arsenal and Tottenham both made moves to bring in playmakers this summer, but which team got the better deal?
Not only did his signature vastly improve Arsene Wenger's attacking options, but helped calm the Arsenal fans during a time where the atmosphere was threatening to turn ugly after a cacophony of complaints following their 3-1 opening day loss to Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, across North London, Spurs were doing some spending of their own as Andre Villas-Boas was able to go on a spending spree after Gareth Bale completed his world record £86m switch to Ozil's former club, Real Madrid.
A number of players were brought in as Spurs attempted to challenge for the Premier League title, and whilst the tenure of Villas-Boas was brought to a crashing halt in December, one of his signings has made a positive impact at White Hart Lane.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen was brought from Ajax in August for a fee of around £11.5m, and whilst his season has been somewhat patchy on the injury front, when he's taken the field Eriksen has been a star, showing some of the promise that made him such a hot commodity during his time in Holland.
With 21 year old Eriksen producing another dazzling display against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon, Spurs fans were unable to withhold praise for their playmaker, with some even suggesting that he's better than Arsenal star Ozil – so with over half of the season gone, which team got the better deal?
Of course, the first thing fans will look at is the respective transfer fees. Ozil, a world class footballer who made his name with Germany at the 2010 World Cup, had spent three years starring under Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu, and had established himself as one of the finest footballers on the planet before his shock move to the Emirates Stadium. With a reputation as big as his, the transfer fee was always going to be astronomical, and the £42.5m deal was seemingly treated as 'the going rate' for top players.
Whereas Eriksen – who is four years younger than Ozil – cost almost a quarter of that price tag, and has been turning in performances recently that have arguably been superior to Ozil's.
When it comes to the stats though, Ozil has the clear edge. Even if you work past the four goals to Eriksen's three and seven assists to Eriksen's three, Ozil has proven himself to be a more accurate passer, as well as creating almost twice as many goalscoring chances as the Dane has.
Both players have bright futures in the Premier League and their price tags maybe indicate the two directions of the teams – one spending big in a bid to win now, whereas the other spent a little less in order to harness a youngster's potential.
Eriksen is already on his way to becoming a star at White Hart Lane, but despite the recent criticism for Arsenal star Ozil, the latter has the edge – just.
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