STATTLE: Özil vs. Sané. Proof Mesut is unfairly criticised?

By Daniel Cowan
In Arsenal
Apr 2nd, 2017
Going head to head in this week’s stat battle – or stattle – compiled by the good people at is Mesut Özil and Leroy Sané. Brother Mesut has not been his best self this season, in fact he is having his statistically poorest season in a Gunners shirt, yet his is still way out in front of Sané who is enjoying an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League.
Özil is averaging fewer passes per game (62) than in any of his three previous Premier League campaigns (65, 64 & 63). His pass completion (87%) has been lower than in both 2013/14 and 2014/15 (both 88%). While he is also making fewer key passes per game (2.8) than ever before (4.2, 3.1 & 2.9). The stats go on to show that Özil is down for dribbles per game (1) this season too compared to previous years (1.3, 2.4 & 1.7).
However, despite Ozil’s poor form, he has still comfortably beaten the impressive Leroy Sane in nine key areas this season.

The 28-year-old is averaging more than double the amount of passes per game than the 21-year-old and with a far superior accuracy. Ozil is also outperforming Sane for key passes, crosses and shots, while he has won more set-pieces and has been dispossessed less.
Although Ozil has played over 800 more Premier League minutes this season than the Man City man, our analysis shows that he has directly been involved in a goal, on average, every 207 minutes, compared to Sane’s 254 minutes.
The stats suggest we’re either getting far too carried away with Leroy Sane or the criticism Mesut Özil is receiving is actually undeserved. So which is it?

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2 Responses to “STATTLE: Özil vs. Sané. Proof Mesut is unfairly criticised?”

  1. dave says:

    It’s probably a bit of both. The football media have been pushing extreme opinions and the fan’s with the help of the internet have followed suit. Wether it’s that player is better than this player. Wenger in/out or whatever. We only seem to get the extreme narratives pushed by the lamestream media. I gave up on the mainstream media for news years ago and now i’ve given up on the mainstream sports media. All i can say is thank fuck for the internet. I know i criticised it earlier. But when used correctly. At least i can get some reasoned, well thought out and well written articles. Even the ones i don’t necessarily agree with. You’re one of the good ones. Thanks for your work. You still haven’t convinced me about Walcott though

    • Daniel Cowan says:

      Haha, thanks buddy. I’ve long accepted that Theo Walcott is destined to be under appreciated 😉

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