Christian Eriksen and Santi Cazorla could be in direct competition this weekend as Arsenal travel to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Both players find themselves under a little pressure ahead of the game with Eriksen returning from injury while Arsenal will be looking to Cazorla to fill the void created by the hamstring problem to Mesut Ozil.
We’ve decided to compared the two of them in key statistical areas as they’ve both played in the number ten role and out on the left at times this season.Take a look.
Not too much between them in terms of goals this season with Cazorla just ahead. However, Eriksen’s have arrived in fewer games which means he has a better games to goals ratio from this season.
They’re also fairly even in terms of assists with Cazorla once again slightly ahead. Both players are going to have key roles to play this weekend when it comes to get on the ball and creating chances and this suggests they’re fairly evenly matched.
This stat suggests that the Arsenal man is slightly more effective when it comes to reading the play and stepping in to make interceptions. That allows Arsenal to win the ball back quickly inside their opponent’s final third, maintaining the pressure on the opposition.
Cazorla is way out in front in terms of accurate passes regardless of whether he’s played in behind the striker or on either flank. It’s explainable through the fact that he’s featured in more games and is also playing in a team which is famous for playing touch, passing football.
Accurate Long Balls
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Another area where Cazorla is ahead suggesting he’s just as effective when he has to play a long pass as he is playing simple balls to those around him. It’s an important part of his game, especially if the Gunners are forced to counter attack frequently at White Hart Lane.