Comparing Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson

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How Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil compares with former Tottenham Hotspur star Gylfi Sigurdsson

Arsenal host Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday knowing that victory will take them a step closer to guaranteeing a top-three finish in the Premier League and automatic Champions League qualification.

The Gunners take on a tricky opponent in Swansea who have fared well this season, spearheaded by Nelson Oliviera in recent matches with the club's Player of the Year contender Gylfi Sigurdsson just behind the striker.

Since trading Tottenham Hotspur for Swansea in the summer of 2014, former Spurs ace Sigurdsson has experienced a wonderful campaign and sits in third spot in the top-flight assist table with as many as 10 assists to his name.

The Iceland international has plenty of talent, but how does he compare against upcoming opponent Mesut Ozil?

  Goals per GameAssists per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Mesut Ozil 0.22 0.28 1.44 2.72 2.56 79.28 52.61 5.17 18
Gylfi Sigurdsson 0.2 0.33 2.2 2.37 0.9 55.17 30.63 3.83 30

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Sigurdsson may have had his finest campaign of his career, but he still comes out a distant second best to the German World Cup winner.

The Gunners’ record signing averages more goals, chances created and successful dribbles per Premier League encounter.

Additionally, Ozil is shown to be far more cultured in possession and his hard work without the ball is often undervalued, illustrated by his average of 5.17 ball recoveries per clash.

Sigurdsson come out on top in assists and average number of shots per game, statistics Arsene Wenger’s men will have to take into account as they prepare for his visit on Monday night.

The corresponding fixture between the duo ended in a 2-1 home win for the Swans, a result Ozil and his teammates will want to rectify in style with a big performance and subsequent victory.

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