Swansea City’s Sigurdsson vs Arsenal’s Ozil; who comes out on top?

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The Swans host the in-form Gunners at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

This weekend sees Swansea City host Arsenal, with sides regarded by many as being two of the better footballing sides in the division.

The Gunners will be keen to maintain their fine run of form this season at the Liberty Stadium, while Garry Monk’s side will be keen to build on their recent win over Aston Villa.

Both sides are heavily reliant on their attacking midfielders, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mesut Ozil key components in the passing game that both sides like to play.

We decided to compare the pair to see who comes out on top.

  Total Final Third Passes per GameSuccessful Final Third Passes per GameTotal Attempted Assist per GameOntarget Attempted Assist per GameTotal Scoring Attempt per GameOntarget Scoring Attempt per GameTotal Contest per GameWon Contest per Game
Mesut Özil 34.6 29.6 4.6 3.1 1.5 0.5 2.2 1.2
Gylfi Sigurdsson 11.5 7.8 1 0.7 2.1 0.6 1 0.4

And, unsurprisingly, it is a clear win for the in-form German, as he manages to dominate in six key areas.

So far Ozil has posted better stats when it comes to total final third passes and successful final third passes per game, as well as attempted assists and on target attempted assists.

He also comes out on top when it comes to dribbling, with him enjoying more contests per game, and also winning more contests per game than the Icelandic midfielder.

It is not all bad news for the Swansea man though, as he manages to come out on top when it comes to shooting, posting more attempted shots and attempted shots on target than the German.

Given that Ozil is well known for not being a prolific goalscorer - indeed, it is an area that his manager wants him to improve in - losing in that particular aspect is no surprise.

The gulf in quality between the two players is evident in the stats so far this season, but Swansea will be hoping it isn’t evident come Saturday afternoon.

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