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Tottenham fans may be right, Christian Eriksen really is far superior to Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

Danish midfielder is performing better than the German playmaker in almost every category imaginable this season

THERE’S a chant Tottenham supporters have for Christian Eriksen that Mesut Ozil would’ve heard loud and clear at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The gist is the Arsenal star isn’t a patch on the Spurs No23… with every passing weekend it’s a song that rings truer and truer, with Football Whispers investigating.

Christian Eriksen has been in sensational form for Tottenham this season

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Christian Eriksen has been in sensational form for Tottenham this season

The Dane has been exceptional this season and particularly in recent weeks as Tottenham attempt to overhaul Chelsea and clinch a first Premier League title.


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Eriksen has contributed to 32 Spurs goals this season, scoring 12 and assisting a further 20.

He is the perfect example of a Mauricio Pochettino player; someone who combines outstanding technical skills with an insatiable work-rate.

Christian Eriksen scores a superb winner for Tottenham at Crystal Palace

Mesut Ozil has looked somewhat lacklustre for Arsenal in 2017

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Mesut Ozil has looked somewhat lacklustre for Arsenal in 2017

His form has perhaps been slightly overlooked due to the exploits of Harry Kane and Dele Alli but the 25-year-old is as crucial to Tottenham as the English duo.

The same, however, couldn’t be said for Ozil at Arsenal this season.

The German has drifted through the campaign, occasionally providing moments of brilliance – as he did against Ludogorets – but generally looking disinterested.

Defenders of Ozil will make the point he has never been an all-action player and that it can be easy to overlook what he does well during games.

Mesut Ozil passing to a substitute summed Arsenal's night up at Palace

Christian Eriksen has fired Tottenham to within four points of Chelsea in the league

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Christian Eriksen has fired Tottenham to within four points of Chelsea in the league

The 28-year-old actually made more passes than any of his team-mates during north London derby defeat.

Ozil also functions best when there are high quality players around him, as he has proven time and time again for Germany.

Arsenal, bar Alexis Sanchez, do not possess world class stars, yet Ozil is a player who cost the Gunners a club record £42.5million.

A player who is reportedly demanding a £300,000-a-week contract to remain with the club beyond next season can’t hide behind excuses.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen really is far superior to Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has had a season to forget by his high standards

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Mesut Ozil has had a season to forget by his high standards

Ozil has registered 11 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this term.

They’re respectable figures and this season will be his highest scoring since arrival at the Emirates in 2013.

But Ozil’s return doesn’t match Eriksen’s... and that is the case across the board.

Arsenal’s No11 has created fewer chances in the Premier League, 73 compared to 100, is playing fewer key passes per game (2.7 to 3.1) and is averaging fewer shots per 90 minutes (1.3 to 3.8).

It’s little wonder he’s trailing Eriksen.

Christian Eriksen will look to keep up his and Tottenham's momentum

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Christian Eriksen will look to keep up his and Tottenham's momentum

Ozil does, however, dribble with the ball more often every match (2.7 to 0.8) and averages more passes (69.3 to 55.1).

It appears he is still trying to conduct, it’s just the musicians aren’t up to standard.

Eriksen doesn’t have that problem. He is playing alongside two of the Premier League’s finest attacking players.

If he gets a cross on the money, it will tend to lead to a goal – such as his sumptuous ball which Alli expertly finished in the FA cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

Arsenal look set to miss out on the top four for the first time in two decades

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Arsenal look set to miss out on the top four for the first time in two decades

It’s intriguing to think how Ozil would fare if he was placed in this vibrant Spurs team.

It will never happen, especially after his antics on Sunday, but you doubt he’d be so lethargic and, on occasion, as invisible as he’s been during certain Arsenal games.

One thing is certain though. And it’s what Spurs have been chanting since both arrived in England in 2013.

Eriksen is the better player, as much as that will pain Arsenal supporters to admit.