We’re prepared for lots of debates here in the Transfer Tavern are we’re set to spark a new one here with some interesting statistical data.
Collected by EA Sports’ Player Performance Index, the stats have revealed that Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas have both completed 1,017 passes in the opposition half in the Premier League this season- which has led to comparisons between the two.
Fabregas, of course, was once formerly Arsenal’s captain and Arsene Wenger rejected the chance to bring him back to North London in 2014 as his side already boasted the talents of Ozil, which led to Fabregas joining Chelsea and subsequently lifting the Premier League title.
Whilst Arsenal fans will tell you all day, everyday that Ozil is superior to Fabregas, further digging into the data reveals that Fabregas has completed more passes than the German- with Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman, Everton’s Gareth Barry and Ozil’s team-mate Aaron Ramsey bettering the World Cup winner’s numbers!
Ozil’s passing accuracy is noticeably better than those ahead of him, although Santi Cazorla takes the crown as the Arsenal man with the most accurate percentage of successful passes- although he has just made 14 Premier League appearances due to injury.
However, Arsenal fans hiding behind their hands can pop their head out now as Ozil’s percentage of passes in the opposition half stands at a whopping 78.35%, which is significantly higher than Fabregas’ 66.90%.
In the end, it does suggest that Fabregas and Ozil play in different roles- which begs the question, could Arsenal have brought Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium and slotted him into the same side as Ozil? We reckon so!
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League.