Photo: Proof Mesut Ozil Is Out-Performing Coutinho, Mata & Oscar

By on March 7, 2015

This graphic proves that under-fire Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is actually out-performing many of his main rivals from the likes of Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool.

Ozil has once again come under severe criticism this week with former Man Utd midfielder Paul Scholes slamming the German international as not trying and not performing on the pitch.

Having already dispelled the myth about Ozil’s perceived lack of effort last week, I’ll now tackle the claim that he isn’t producing the goods on the football field.

As you can see from the stats below, Ozil is in fact out-performing many of his main playmaker rivals from the other top clubs in the Premier League this season.

This comparison matrix from Squaka compared him to David Silva, Juan Mata, Philippe Coutinho and Oscar on eight key areas such as possession, pass completion, key passes, assists and chances created….all key components of any top class playmaker.

Ozil comes out on top in four categories; total score, possession, assists and surprising his duels won percentage. His nearest rival was Silva who topped two categories with Mata and Coutinho taking one each and Oscar failed to win a single category.

Ozil also came second in the other four areas of pass completion, key passes, chances created and successful take-ons. So he was in the top two for ALL eight categories.

Not bad for a ‘flop’ and a player that isn’t even trying, eh? Just imagine how good Ozil would be if he tried!

So, where’s the criticism of £42m Juan Mata? Perhaps Mr Neil Ashton (Daily Mail journo) should write an article about how he’s stealing a living too? Maybe Scholes should look a little closer to home and have a pop at Mata?

All I’ve been reading lately is how Coutinho is ‘world class’. Fair play, he scored a couple of great goals, but world class? A long way to go yet.  And Oscar? Great player playing in a great team, but he clearly flatters to deceive at times.

I said it last week and I’ll say it again now; it’s fashionable to hate on Ozil as he’s an easy target due to his style of play and his relaxed attitude. The stats speak for themselves and Ozil is more than pulling his weight not only in terms of the amount of ground he covers each game, but also in his end product but doing what all world class playmakers should be doing – making passes, assisting and creating chances for his team mates.


  1. Dave

    March 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t hate Ozil, he just isn’t a top player and is worth about 40-50% of the price Arsenal paid for him. Silva is far better and Coutinho has stepped it up the last few months to make huge impacts on big games. Something Ozil has never done.

  2. goonersrsad

    March 7, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my days all you do is write articles about how much you hate spurs and call on dodgy stats to back up the over spending you did on a midfielder you didnt need when everyone knows u needed a nice 30mil striker. enjoy going out to monaco and not winning the c/l as usual.

  3. Alex

    March 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Hey, Dave, i wonder what Özil has to do to gain your favour… Being world champion and the best PL playmaker? Oups, already done…

  4. hahaha

    March 7, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    If it helps you sleep at night I will agree. Your 26 year old ‘in his prime’ 45 mil pound player is slightly better than an 8 mil pound kid.

    Now relax and enjoy watching your ozil terrorise the premier league and feel proud that at least you didn’t reach the low levels of city and Chelsea and spend crazy money on players and buy your way to the top 4.

  5. steve odera

    March 7, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Mesut you deserve the championship…i like the moves that Ozil have when playing in the field.Always slow but sure of the result..for example when it comes to giving through passes…i love your game sir .Mesut.

  6. Cherrycake

    March 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Mesut Özil not only produces the goods on the field in terms of passes, chances created, etc. He also is a spectacle to watch. No other player in the PL has his elegance and smooth skills. He is always good for some magic moments in the game, best witnessed live in the stadium. I had the pleasure to see him play a couple of times now, and he was basically the main reason for me to buy a ticket in the first place.

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