Stats show Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is outperforming Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil comfortably beats Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho in the stats department
Philippe Coutinho is being hailed as one of the Premier League’s best players this season after the Brazilian won back-to-back player of the month awards at Liverpool on Tuesday.
Arsenal midfileder Mesut Ozil, meanwhile, has made a promising return from injury after the north London side’s £42.5m club-record signing was labelled a flop by many last year.
Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com decided it was time to take a look at both players a little closer to see if Ozil was deserving of the flop tag and whether Coutinho is really as good as everyone says he is.
The stats tell a very different story.
With the German only appearing for Arsenal in the Premier League 10 times this season due to a recent knee injury and the Brazilian featuring for Liverpool 22 times, the comparison was made via a per game basis.
The seven main statistical performance criteria were analysed for attacking midfielders, focusing on passing, creativity and finishing.
With more passes made per match (56.7 to 39.32), more successful passes (49.6 to 31.5), a better key pass rate (1.8 to 1.14) and a seven per cent swing for pass completion (87 per cent to 80 per cent), it is Ozil that dominates all four of the passing stats.
The attention then moved to creativity, and it is the Arsenal man that excels again.
Ozil has created more chances (2.10 to 1.32) per match and has provided more assists (0.3 to 0.18) that have led to goals.
The Arsenal man has attracted criticism in the past for the number of goals he scores in his attacking role, however, this season he leads Coutinho for goals scored per game (0.3 to 0.09).
With Ozil outperforming Coutinho in all seven key areas this season the results are very conclusive.
Has the German finally found his feet in the Premier League and should he actually be receiving more praise than he has previously enjoyed in English football?