Fabregas v Ozil - 3 Surprise areas Gunners star bettered Chelsea rival

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Chelsea man gets the plaudits, but how bad really was Arsenal's Mesut Ozil?


Chelsea beat Arsenal again, and Mesut Ozil failed to shine in a big game again. The narrative seems predictable, and the German is surely in for more stick over the next 24 hours.

On the other side of the coin, Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas stood out for his impressive display, and assist for Diego Costa's goal in the 2-0 win.

How far however, is the 'chasm' between the two? Did Arsene Wenger make a terrible mistake not re-signing the Spaniard?

The jury is still out on the latter, but what is clear is that letting him fall into Chelsea's hands was reason enough to feel a tinge of regret.

Regarding the first question, Mesut Ozil was not terrible, simply because he did not have an explosive moment of game-changing magic. 

He actually out-gunned Fabregas in three key areas:

- More chances created

- More successful final third passes

- Dispossessed less times.

Fabregas however is in irresistible form overall. The assist was his seventh of the season, remarkably as many as the entire Arsenal first team in the league this season.

The Spaniard had more touches, won the ball back more times himself, and completed a higher percentage of his passes.

Arsenal fans are right to wonder however what it would be like to have both in the same side, and why Arsene Wenger was not more flexible in his vision for the club.

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