Arsenal’s Front Three are as good as Tottenham’s – according to the stats

Stats show Arsenal trio a match for Spurs’ Eriksen, Dele & Kane by Russell Cane

Mesut Ozil vs Christian Eriksen, Alexis Sanchez vs Dele Alli, Alexandre Lacazette vs Harry Kane. Arsenal and Tottenham are awash with attacking talent but when measured statistically, how have they compared in the Premier League this season?

Ahead of this weekend’s North London derby, have taken a look at how Arsenal’s star-studded attacking trio; Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette compare to Tottenham’s front three of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

Mesut Ozil vs Christian Eriksen

Ozil and Eriksen each lead one-another in three of the seven key areas analysed.

The German has registered more key passes (3.3) and completed more successful dribbles (0.9) per game, as well as recording a superior pass completion (86%) when compared to the Dane.

On the flip-side, Eriksen leads Ozil for shots (2.6) and passes (56) per game and has scored more goals (3).

With each registering two assists, the duo cannot be separated statistically.

WINNER: Draw (3-3)

Alexis Sanchez vs Dele Alli

Sanchez beats Dele in five or the seven key areas analysed, with the 21-year-old leading in two.

The Arsenal forward has recorded more passes (36), key passes (2.5), successful dribbles (2) and shots (3.3) per game, while also producing more assists (2).

However, Dele tops Sanchez for goals (3) and pass completion (79%).

WINNER: Alexis Sanchez (5-2)

Alexandre Lacazette vs Harry Kane

Kane beats Lacazette comfortably, taking five key stats compared to the Frenchman’s two from the seven analysed.

The England striker has made more key passes (1) and had more shots (5.9) per game, scored more goals (8), registered more assists (1) and has taken fewer minutes (97) to be directly involved in a goal for his side.

Lacazette has been the more accurate and clinical of the pair, boasting a superior shot accuracy (71%) and conversion rate (27%).

WINNER: Harry Kane (5-2)

Oulala Score Prediction: 2-2

It’s been eight years and 20 matches since Arsenal and Tottenham ended goalless and with a number of injury doubts concerning key defensive players such as Shkodran Mustafi (Thigh), Hugo Lloris (Groin) and Toby Alderweireld (Hamstring), Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino may have to reshuffle their back-lines presenting a potentially open North London derby.

Russell Cane


  1. Ox says:

    Drop Ozil for the big games fs how many times do that dude get lost in these type of games .. I love arsenal but I’d rather have the Dane than the sulky German

  2. Eat Pie says:

    The thing that stands out for me is that Kane has so many more shots per game compared to Lacazette.

    Does this mean our formation is not suited to our play style?

    Or is it because we have not fielded our strongest 3 together as often?

    How ever you look at it, we are doing something wrong whether it be formation or selection.

    1. Angryblackman3 says:

      For years, we have watched our team bring the ball up to the opposition box and continue to pass rather than shoot. Xhaka, lacazette, sanchez, giroud, santi and co should all be looking for the shot on goal in the danger area. No killer instinct in our attack…

  3. Eat Pie says:

    The stats comparing ozil and Sanchez to the spuds guys is totally out.

    Look how many less minutes Ozil and Sanchez have played compared to Spuds guys.

    So if you want to use stats you need to break it down further, like per minute played.

    Just saying!

  4. redmau5 says:

    stats can make darren bent look lethal
    bendtner more clinical than lewandowski

    eriksen is better than ozil , kane is better than lacazette
    but i would argue that a sanchez who tries and actually cares is better than everyone in both teams combined
    ..its that simple

  5. Mitch Connor says:

    Kane > Lacazette
    Ericksen > Ozil
    Alexis > Alli on a daily

  6. Godswill says:

    Man management.
    See Lacazette and Iwobi in their national team.
    If Iwobi is made to put in the same shift as he does for his national team we would be talk about Iwobi and Ericksen.
    The real Sanchez is a class above all others.

  7. jon fox says:

    Statistics ! Bloody stats! What nonsense much of stats are. All sensible people know you can make stats argue whatever you want them to, if you pick the ones you want. That is what politicians do all day long and in part, that is why they (politiciansAND stats) are so derided, and rightly so. If I were really trying to make comparison between the players in this article, I would FIRST ask how committed to fight for the shirt are our players compared to Spuds. I think all honest with themselves Gooners would know who would be second in these stats. Further , and to show the stupidity of relying on stats alone, Merts is our statistically best passer. Merts, for goodness sake!

    1. Arturirou says:

      I think it shows our players arent the problem but, the manager.

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