Mesut Ozil compared to Christian Eriksen: You may be surprised with the stats

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will face each other in the North London derby at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will resume their rivalry on Saturday when they face each other at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

Two players who are almost certain to start in the North London derby are Christian Eriksen of Spurs and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal.

Both are attacking midfielders gifted with vision and brilliant technique, and they could prove to be key in deciding the outcome of the game.

Ozil and Eriksen are similar players, and both have been playing in the Premier League for almost two years now.

While the Germany international joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 amid much fanfare, Tottenham plucked Denmark youngster Eriksen from Ajax.

Both were expected to be successful in the Premier League, but only one of them has - and it’s Eriksen.

True, Ozil has struggled with injuries and fatigue, and has also been played out of position on the wing by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger this season, but the 26-year-old is far from the player he was at Real Madrid only two years ago.

Meanwhile, Eriksen has gone from strength to strength in England and is easily one of the best attacking players in the country.

Stats do not always tell the whole story, of course, and can often be deceptive, but the table below aptly sums up the two players’ fortunes since the start of the 2013-14 season.

  SeasonGoal AssistChances createdGoalsDispossessedBall RecoveryBig Chance CreatedTotal DribblesDribbles WonAppearances
Mesut Özil 2013-2014 9 76 5 34 111 4 90 45 26
Christian Eriksen 2013-2014 8 68 7 41 110 9 54 25 25
Mesut Özil 2014-2015 2 16 2 9 29 2 40 22 8
Christian Eriksen 2014-2015 1 54 9 40 135 5 49 33 23

Last season Ozil created more chances and provided more assists than Eriksen, but he scored fewer goals and created fewer big chances.

However, the former Werder Bremen star, who won exactly half of the dribbles he tried in 2013-14, was dispossessed fewer times than Eriksen.

This season, Eriksen has outshone Ozil, and done so with some good authority. True, the Arsenal star has only just recently come from a long-term injury, when he was fit, he was disappointing, as the stats above demonstrate.

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