Arsenal's Mesut Ozil surprisingly tops Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in three key statistical categories

Arsenals German midfielder Mesut Ozil (R) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham...

The Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur stars will face each other on Saturday.

Mesut Ozil of Arenal is dejected after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Gunners play host to bitter rivals Spurs at the Emirates in the Premier League on Saturday, and two of the division's most creative players will face-off in the vitally important showdown.

The often-maligned Mesut Ozil will be looking to breathe fire back into his side's faltering title challenge, whilst Christian Eriksen will be hoping to dictate the tempo of the game against Arsenal, and help his side take all three points from the contest.

Both players are undoubtedly highly talented, but which one would you have in your team?

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC...

Most people would surely choose the Tottenham star, with the Arsenal ace often criticised for his lack of fight and passion.

Surprisingly, however, considering the criticism he receives, the Germany international tops both the chances created and assist stats since he joined the Gunners in 2013: 

Mesut Özil 44
David Silva 41
Christian Eriksen 40
Cesc Fàbregas 38
Kevin De Bruyne 34
  PlayerBig Chance CreatedAppearancesMins Played
Premier League Mesut Özil 54 125 10,560
Premier League Christian Eriksen 48 145 12,152
Premier League David Silva 46 128 10,361
Premier League Riyad Mahrez 45 114 8,837
Premier League Cesc Fàbregas 44 110 7,909
Premier League Alexis Sánchez 41 111 9,162
Premier League Kevin De Bruyne 39 75 5,949

Ozil, 29, also leads Eriksen, 25, in the total chances created list, with 376, compared to the Dane's 361.

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It could be argued that the former Real Madrid play-maker has been unfairly criticised during his time in England, although stats alone do not make a player, and have proven to be notoriously misleading in the past.

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

This weekend's North London Derby will undoubtedly be a fiercely contested one, and there is a good chance that whoever wins the individual battle out of the German and the Dane will be on the winning side come 14:15 on Saturday afternoon.

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