Everton and Arsenal will go into their match on Sunday with everything still left to play for. Marco Silva’s side are still within a chance of finishing in seventh, whilst Unai Emery’s side are in an excellent position to bring Champions League football back to the Emirates Stadium.
However, for either team to be able to come away with a win on Sunday, their playmakers will need to be on song and play a key role in helping their sides pick up the three points to keep their own quests on track.
But, who out of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mesut Ozil would be victorious when it comes down to comparing the duo and how important they are to their respective clubs? Let’s take a close look below…
For all the club’s troubles on the pitch, in terms of on the goalscoring front, Sigurdsson has proved to be a really important asset for Silva’s side this season. The Iceland international has popped up with a number of significant contributions throughout the campaign and is a major reason as to why the club are still within a fighting chance of obtaining a seventh-placed finish.
The 29-year-old may have struggled when he initially arrived at Goodison Park, however, he has started to show exactly why he was brought to the club. He has already eclipsed his record in the Premier League in terms of goals, having netted 12 in his 32 appearances so far.
The versatile midfielder offers Silva plenty of options as he can play anywhere across the middle, or he can be utilised further up the field, which has been handy at times for the Toffees this season. Sigurdsson has plenty of traits that Everton are able to use as well, which makes him a really useful player to have available in the squad.
He has excellent vision and is able to pick out a killer-pass to one of his team-mates, whether that be via the use of a through ball or crossing into the penalty area. The Icelandic playmaker is not afraid to take a shot from distance and his set-pieces are arguably up there with the best players in the Premier League, whilst he can put in the occasional defensive tackle and break up the play when required.
TT Grade: B+
It would be fair to say that Ozil has not had the best of times at Arsenal following the arrival of Emery in the summer. The former Germany international has missed a lot of action for the Gunners this season and has also been questioned about his attitude, with concerns about his training being raised at times and the possibility that he may be offloaded in the upcoming transfer window.
However, the 30-year-old appears to have managed to turn the corner with the Spanish manager and has started to feature more regularly in the first-team. Valued at £30.5million (Transfermarkt), the playmaker has started the last two matches and has played almost the full 90 minutes in both games.
Ozil has made himself a fan favourite with those at the Emirates Stadium since joining them from Real Madrid and it is not hard to see why when you take into account that he has produced 74 assists and 42 goals in his 222 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt).
But, what is concerning, is the injuries he has had and his rather poor record this season. The German has managed to provide just three assists and five goals in his 26 appearances so far, however, when he is playing his best, it is extremely difficult to contain him and he could be the man to help Arsenal to a place in next year’s Champions League competition.
TT Grade: B
There is absolutely no denying that both men have an abundant amount of quality and can be the difference for their sides on any given matchday.
Ozil oozes class, but his performances at times can leave fans desiring plenty more and he has drawn plenty of criticism in the past about his displays.
And, with how well Sigurdsson is playing at the moment and how important he has been to Everton over the course of the current campaign, the Iceland international has to win this battle between the two playmaking maestros.
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