Julian Draxler has been the talk of the town in the wake of reports suggesting he will leave Wolfsburg – most likely for the Premier League – next summer.
It is no wonder plenty of clubs are interested in acquiring his services, but Arsenal in particular have been heavily linked with a move for the young German.
Draxler would have plenty of familiar company at the Emirates in compatriots Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Ozil, though the latter is the man most likely to keep him out of the side should he venture to north London next season.
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So far this campaign both men have played approximately 450 minutes of Premier League and Bundesliga respectively, offering a prime opportunity to compare the two German playmakers.
Using Squawka statistics, let’s see how the two creators stack up in the key areas of their role from last season up until now.
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In terms of passing, Draxler and Ozil are relatively evenly matched in the early stages of the campaign.
The former Schalke starlet has completed 84 per cent of his passes, ten of which have counted as key balls to his Wolfsburg colleagues.
Ozil, on the other hand, boasts a 90 per cent passing completion rate with 13 key passes, and interestingly – like Draxler – no assists as yet.
However, last season puts one man a class above the other.
In 35 appearances, Ozil completed 87 per cent of his attempted passes with nearly 2,000, and racked up a staggering 19 assists and 125 key passes.
His figures dwarf those of Draxler, who still managed an impressive 31 key passes, five assists and 83 per cent pass accuracy in 21 games.
While their primary role is to supply teammates with goalscoring opportunities, it is worth taking a look at how the two midfielders have fared when trying to find the net themselves.
Ozil has scored two goals from nine shots – 60 per cent of which have been on target, whereas Draxler is yet to get his name on the scoresheet despite firing 17 shots at goal with 71 per cent accuracy.
Both German internationals chalked up their fair share of goals during the 2015-16 season, but an interesting point lies within the nature of their respective hauls.
Ozil contributed six goals to the Gunners cause from 47 shots – but five of them were with his dominant left foot, supporting the perception of some that he is a touch one-footed.
In comparison, Draxler hit the back of the net on five occasions from 34 attempts, using his right peg for three of them and his left for the other two.
Even though the Arsenal man produced better numbers, Draxler’s ability to use both feet is certainly food for thought when comparing the two players.
Given his lack of raw pace, Ozil is by no means a player one expects to slalom his way past four defenders.
The former Real Madrid star has completed 73 per cent of his attempts to go past his man with eight this season, which indicates he carefully selects his moments to run with the ball.
Last term he performed in similar fashion, successfully taking on defenders 46 times with a 57 per cent success rate.
This department is perhaps the one that differentiates the pair most, as while Draxler is hardly steaming ahead with 11 completed take ons this season, last term he pulled off 71 per cent of them to finish up with 57.
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