Stats: Mesut Ozil v Thomas Muller - Who comes out on top?

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller could play similar roles this evening.

Mesut Ozil has a huge role to play for Arsenal this evening if they are going to take an advantage back to the Allianz Arena with them for the second leg against Bayern Munich.

Bayern’s Thomas Muller has a very similar role to Ozil for the German and European champions so we thought we’d take a look at how they square up against each other across a few key statistical areas ahead of the match.

Goals

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 10 24 2,064
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 8 18 1,495
Theo Walcott Arsenal MF 5 13 858
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 4 20 1,629
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 4 21 1,810

Muller has eight league goals this season which is double the amount Ozil has produced in the Premier League. Not a lot to read into this stat because the Premier League is a more difficult division to play in and hence, it’s harder to score frequently.

Assists

PlayerClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 8 21 1,810
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 6 24 2,064
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 6 18 1,495
Theo Walcott Arsenal MF 4 13 858
Jack Wilshere Arsenal MF 4 21 1,521

Despite all the recent criticism of Ozil and accusations that he’s gone off the boil, he still has more league assists this season than his fellow German. He makes the right decisions under pressure at the right times. Arsenal should be confident he’ll add a Champions League assist later.

Dribbles Won

PlayerClubPosWon Contest / appsAppsMins
Jack Wilshere Arsenal MF 2.00 21 1,521
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 1.71 21 1,810
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 1.55 20 1,629
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 1.50 18 1,495
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal MF 1.43 7 269

The stats would also suggest that Ozil is more effective in terms of dribbles won, with Muller only managing to win one contest per match in the Bundesliga. Gunners should be confident Ozil will win any dribble contests later, allowing him to be effective in Bayern’s final third or to pass off to someone in a better position.

Total Scoring Attempts

PlayerClubPosTotal Scoring Att / appsAppsMins
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 3.25 24 2,064
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 2.60 20 1,629
Theo Walcott Arsenal MF 2.54 13 858
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 2.22 18 1,495
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 1.19 21 1,810

Ozil has a much lower average per game than Muller when it comes to total scoring attempts with Muller averaging 2.5 per game this season. Again, it can be explained by the fact Muller sometimes plays a more advanced role for Bayern Munich, with Ozil content to move the ball on rather than shoot himself.

Passes

PlayerClubPosTotal Pass / appsAppsMins
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 70.11 18 1,495
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 65.90 21 1,810
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 62.42 19 1,354
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 59.80 20 1,629
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 52.43 23 1,980

Ozil is head and shoulders above Muller in terms of passes per match with the Bayern star managing 33.4 per league game. However, that can be explained through the fact that Muller hasn’t been consistently used in one position by Pep Guardiola featuring on both flanks, in central midfield as well as playing in behind the main striker.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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