Ozil vs. Sane… Arsenal ace remains the dominant force

This weekend’s game of choice in the Premier League may well be Arsenal hosting Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s Merseyside Derby might have the narrative angle in its favour, but the Gunners vs. the Citizens promises football of the highest quality played by two teams focused on winning the match at hand.

While other individuals such as Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero may be looked at when the key battles list is drawn up, Mesut Ozil vs. Leroy Sane in an all-German bout is an intriguing one given the talk of the home side star’s decline and the visitor’s spike in form.

Alas, the young pretender is still some way adrift of the seasoned pro, according to data from OuLaLa.com. Indeed, in just about every are Ozil comes out on top in a per-game sense, with his key pass return of 2.8 particularly impressive. Sane is the better man in terms of take-ons, which may be vital at the Emirates Stadium against a Gunners team low on confidence, though.