The stats suggest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is better than Andre Schurrle in a number of areas.
It’s difficult to judge how Chelsea and Arsenal will setup this weekend but with Jose Mourinho slightly defensive and Arsene Wenger likely to want to counter attack, Andre Schurrle v Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be one of the key battles.
Schurrle has more goals this season and gave Chelsea fans a glimpse of what they can expect when he capped off a great move with a neat finish, as Chelsea got off to a winning start against Burnley.
However, that’s where his advantage over the Ox ends because in 42 more minutes on the pitch, Oxlade-Chamberlain is ahead in terms of crosses, duels won, dribbles won and accurate passes.
The difference can be explained by a number of things but predominantly how each player is asked to play for their clubs.
Schurrle is under pressure to do more defensive work whenever he plays for Chelsea, whereas the emphasis is on the Ox to attack and use his pace to make the most space against sides on the counter attack.
Arsenal are also more of a pass and move team than Chelsea which explains the higher number of accurate passes than the wide man.
The difference in terms of duels won and dribbles won is also a tribute to how hard Oxlade-Chamberlain has been working on his core strength to give himself an edge over defenders in that area.
Conclusion: Don’t underrate Schurrle if he starts against Arsenal this weekend. He could be a very important player for the Blues at both ends but if Chelsea give the Ox too much space to run into, he will punish them.