Stats show Ozil v De Bruyne key to Arsenal’s Man City match

Perhaps the most telling of the statistics that have been put up in a BBC report to compare and contrast the contributions of the Arsenal and Germany international star with the Man City and Belgium creator in chief Kevin De Bruyne is in the number of Premier League assists each has to their name so far this season.

De Bruyne is easily leading this category with six to just two from our mercurial Gunner, but I think this may tell us more about the players around the playmakers at club level, because another of the categories is the amount of chances created and their numbers in that column are exactly the same at 30 each.

In fact you could well argue that the German attacking midfielder is doing better on that front because he has only played 568 minutes while De Bruyne has 841 under his belt. Not only does that show that Ozil has done his more frequently, I think you have to take account the time out for Ozil and how that will have affected his form and flow.

The two have scored the same number of EPL goals as well, so it seems a bit odd and more than a little unfair that De Bruyne is being praised to the high hills while the Arsenal man gets nothing but slagged off. If I was Arsene Wenger I would be putting an arm round his number 11’s shoulders and pointing this out, because Sunday pits the two directly against each other as Arsenal travel to the Etihad.

Will the way that both perform on the day be the difference between the teams, or will it be the way that the strikers of each side use the creative talent in their midst?



  1. ThirdManJW says:

    As always with these types of statistical comparisons, the most important piece of information is conveniently missing!

    What are their stats against the top teams, and in crucial fixtures? My feeling is that De Bruyne must be on top, as we’ve played three genuinely difficult games so far this season, winning none, scoring in none of them, and losing two of them. I know I’ll get slated again for saying this, but Ozil just doesn’t seem to turn up in tough/crucial games, and I have no doubt in my mind that he’ll go missing on Sunday. I really hope he doesn’t, and I pray that he puts in another WC performance, like what we saw against Everton.

    1. Eat Pie says:

      Of these 3 tough games you mention, how many has ozil started in?

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        Two, so that’s 66.6%, and it’ll be four appearances from five games after City, and Spurs should he be available.

        1. Mobella says:

          Are you saying De bruyne is a better player than Ozil.

  2. the barrel says:

    Put the arm around your number 11 for what? There is no comparison. You just want to brainwash fans to believe that that Ozil deserves to play that game? How many times have he played those big games? What impact did he have in big games since his arrival from Madrid?
    De Bryne has the energy to influence the game unlike Ozil. Arsenal needs pace against Man city, that is Sanchez, Laca, and Walcott upfront. Behind the striker, i’ll go with Wilshere. The two defending mid-fielders should be Elnerny and Xhaka.
    If you see Ozil, Ramsey, or Giroud in the first 11, consider it an obvious loss to Arsenal

    1. Vlad says:

      “KdB has the energy to influence the game unlike Ozil” – yeah, like he did when he missed an open goal against Chelsea last season, and City lost the game because of that…

  3. Frank says:

    Hahaha ‘chances created’ is the worst statistic ever. The only chances I’m concerned about are the ones that are converted into goals, De Bruyne has had three times the amount of assists this season.
    Also the other half of the article is missing so it seems convenient to leave out the defensive comparisons.

  4. AllDwayfromAfriCa says:

    only dumb arsenal fans who argue that ozil is better than KDB…and am not one of em..easily my favourite player in the league

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