Ozil vs Eriksen analysis: One bettered the other in six key areas

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 at the Emirates on Sunday.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur played out a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, a result which will no doubt cause plenty of debate in North London over the coming week or two.

Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead in the first half, but the visitors could not find another to match their dominance and Arsenal duly equalised through substitute Kieran Gibbs.

Two men who had dominated the headlines prior to the game were creative midfielders Mesut Ozil and Christian Eriksen, such has been their impact already this season.

The duo were heavily involved in patches, while in other stages the game seemed to drift them by. But at the final whistle, which playmaker had put in the better performance?

  AssistsShotsKey PassesTake-onsTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Mesut Özil 1 0 7 1 86 44 5 90
Christian Eriksen 0 3 3 0 67 39 4 89

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, both players contributed in a number of key areas, but in a straight head-to-head shootout, it was Ozil who statistically had the better of it.

The German international’s most telling contribution was providing the assist for Gibbs and thus setting a new Premier League record for recording at least one assist in six straight league matches.

Aside from that delightful in-swing cross, the former Real Madrid man also outshone Eriksen in terms of key passes, successful take-ons, touches, accurate passes and ball recoveries.

In fact, there was only one area in which Eriksen had the better of it and that was in terms of shooting.

The Denmark international had three sights at goal, with one deflected effort in the second-half causing plenty of panic for Petr Cech as it sailed over his reach and just past the far post for a corner.

On the balance of play, some could argue Spurs should have done much in their moments of dominance, but Arsenal also deserve plenty of credit for the way they ground out a result.

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