Arsenal take on fellow Premier League title contenders Manchester City on Monday night in a fascinating encounter which could play big part in this season’s title race.
The Gunners currently sit second in the table, two points behind Leicester City at the top and will head into the encounter on the back of a 2-0 win at Aston Villa.
City started the season like a bullet train, winning five straight games without conceding a goal. However, just five wins in their last 11 games have ensued, with injuries to key players hindering them.
Vincent Kompany will be absent, while Sergio Aguero is still lacking fitness. City’s attacking intuitions will likely come through David Silva, whereas Arsenal will be looking to the mercurial Mesut Ozil.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Arsenal’s German World Cup winner has been in astonishing form this season and currently betters Silva in six key categories.
Ozil has two goals and a stunning 13 assists to his name this season, breaking a unique Premier League record by posting at least one assists in seven consecutive league matches.
The former Real Madrid man has been simply outstanding, averaging more key passes, successful take-ons, touches and accurate passes per Premier League encounter than his upcoming opponent.
Silva has only managed eight games this season, although in most he has also been fabulous as he has one goal and six assists to his name – with most coming in City’s five-game opening winning run.
Both players will have a huge part to play on Monday, and the result could ultimately come down to which player manages the occasion better and provides the necessary creativity for their respective teammates.