Ozil v Sterling: Who has performed better this season?

How do Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling compare?

Arsenal and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head on Saturday, giving the opportunity to an array of attacking quality from both sides to make their mark and shoot their team towards a top-four finish in the Premier League.

In our HITC preview, we are going to take a look at the much talked-about Raheem Sterling and how he compares to Germany international World Cup winner Mesut Ozil.

The England international has hit the headlines in recent weeks after rejecting a £100,000 per week contract extension, as per the BBC, with the report also linking the Gunners with a move for him.

It’s a situation which is likely to linger long into the summer, but would a move to the Emirates Stadium be a realistic option for Sterling and would he even get into their first team?

  Goals per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-Ons per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameDispossessed per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Raheem Sterling 0.21 2.36 2.21 2.96 55.04 25.57 1.96 4.89 28
Mesut Özil 0.21 1.5 2.57 2.36 74.14 48.5 1.5 4.5 14

Well, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, on this season alone the exciting duo come out on top in differing attacking categories, but Ozil undoubtedly offers the Gunners something Sterling couldn’t.

Sterling, 20, is certainly quicker and more direct in his play, averaging more shots on goal and successful take-ons per Premier League encounter.

Additionally, the England international epitomises the Reds’ playing style and Brendan Rodgers’s desire for quick, high-pressing football illustrated by his ability to win the ball back.

Ozil, in contrast, has had an up and down campaign so far this season as niggling injuries have hindered him. But as of late, he has come in to the side and performed well despite often unwarranted criticism.

The former Real Madrid ace is more precise and accurate in the final third, averaging more touches, accurate passes, chances created via key passes and more care when in possession.

The North London outfit seemingly have the perfect balance in their attacking trio as Alexis Sanchez offers skill, directness and a goal threat, while Danny Welbeck provides power and a bit of muscle.

Ozil’s style and finesse is a unique quality and helps Arsene Wenger’s men to keep ticking over, and with the trio clicking there is little wonder as to why they have won 11 of their past 13 league games.

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