Ozil vs Eriksen pre-match H2H: One betters other in five key areas

Arsenal face North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Arsenal take on North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in what should be a cracking Premier League match featuring star playmakers Mesut Ozil and Christian Eriksen.

Erksen joined Spurs from Ajax in the summer of 2013 with the parts of money received from the Garth Bale sale to Real Madrid used to bring the Denmark international in.

Spurs brought in seven players that summer, though only three remain at the club and Eriksen has by far been the best in terms of transfer fee paid and effectiveness on the pitch.

He has featured on a regular basis for Mauricio Pochettino’s men and has contributed greatly to his side’s ten-game unbeaten league run heading in to the North London derby.

Eriksen is undoubtedly one of the league’s finest attacking midfielders, yet how does he compare to Arsenal’s man of the moment Mesut Ozil?

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAppearances
Christian Eriksen 2 3 2.38 3.13 62.38 33.38 1 8
Mesut Özil 1 9 1.5 4.7 79.8 53.9 1.2 10

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Eriksen’s fine performances can be illustrated by his impressive output yet in comparison to his upcoming opponent Ozil, there are noticeable differences.

The Gunners’ record signing has been utterly superb of late and his most consistent run of form during his stay at the Emirates has coincided with club’s excellent recent league form.

Ozil posts more key passes, successful take-ons, touches and accurate passes per league encounter than Eriksen but his most astonishing feat to date has been his whopping nine assists.

The German World Cup winner arrived in North London boasting a reputation as an assist king and he has proven that tag true, assisting more goals than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

Spurs will need to be at their very best defensively to stop Ozil and his teammates from making headways this Sunday though that’s easier said than done.

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