Ozil vs Lallana: This Magnificent Creative Battle Could Decide Soton – Arsenal

Southampton v West Bromwich Albion - Barclays Premier League

Arsenal travel to Southampton on tonight hoping to extend their lead at the top the Premier League. With their nearest title rivals not playing till Wednesday night, the Gunners have the chance to move four points clear, for 24 hours at least.

Just six points separated the two sides when the Saints visited the Emirates back in November, but the gap today is 20 points. Mauricio Pochettino’s men took the game to Arsenal three months ago, but their impressive start to campaign has since faltered, with the South Coast club winning just two games since.

That’s not to say that Arsene Wenger can take their opponents lightly on Tuesday night, Southampton posses the quality to cause an upset.

The battle between Adam Lallana and Mesut Ozil could be the one that decide who comes out on top in this contest. The duo are the most creative players in their respective teams with Ozil creating 51 opportunities, while Lallana has created 33 chances for his team mates.

This screenshot was taken from the Squawka Football App - Download it here

Ozil Chances Created: 51 Chances Created, 7 Assists
This screenshot was taken from the Squawka Football App – Download it here

The Arsenal midfielder leads the way on assists in this clash too, notching up an impressive seven, only Wayne Rooney has set up more goals in the Premier League this season. The Saints midfielder has four assists to his name.

save image

Adam Lallana Goals Scored

Lallana edges his German counterpart in terms of goal scored; the England international has five goals this season to Ozil’s four. However, the former Real Madrid man has a superior shot accuracy of 83% with 15 of his 18 attempts on goal finding the target. Lallana has had more efforts on goal this season but has found the target with just 63% of his strikes.

save image

Mesut Özil Goals Scored

Pochettino has utilised Lallana on the right of a front three in recent weeks and although his heat map from the 2-2 draw with Sunderland shows he likes to drift inside, the 25-year-old spent a lot of the match out wide.

In comparison, Wenger uses Ozil as part of an attacking midfield trio playing behind Olivier Giroud. This gives the German international more freedom to roam from his position as he looks to influence the game in the attacking third of the pitch. His Heat Map from the 2-0 home win over Fulham shows the amount of ground he covered.

Many will feel that Arsenal have enough to see off a Southampton side who are in indifferent form and are struggling with off-field distractions. However, if Lallana can produce the sort of form that earned him an England call-up, the Saints could shock their hosts tonight. There’s just the small matter of keeping Ozil quiet for 90 minutes.

The wait is over...

The free Squawka football app is here

Niall McGlone
Niall McGlone
Niall is a pessimistic football fan and freelance journalist from Hull. He has written about football for Squawka, In Bed With Maradona, Goal UK and various other websites. He is a fan of Hull City AFC and believes Sone Aluko is a God amongst men.
View Niall McGlone's Posts »


Please consult these rules when commenting. These rules outline what is acceptable and unacceptable content on Squawka News. Note that these rules are subject to change at any time. Just like football.

See commenting rules
  1. Language

    Don't use swear words or profanity of any sort. Please refrain from insulting other users, everyone is entitled to their opinion and just because you shout the loudest, doesn't make you more correct or valid in your point of view. All insulting or offensive comments will be immediately removed.

  2. No libel or other abuse

    At no point should you be making comments which are:

    • defamatory, false or misleading;
    • insulting, threatening or abusive;
    • obscene or of a sexual nature;
    • offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory against any religions or other groups.

    We have an absolute zero tolerance policy on this. Football is the world's language.

  3. Report abuse

    If you see a comment not adhering to rules 1 & 2 please email info@squawka.com and this comment will be reviewed by a member of the Squawka editorial team.

  4. No third party promotion

    This comment section is here to let football fans talk about football, not to allow people to sell or push products. Any comment found peddling a third party will be immediately reviewed.

  5. No linking or copyright infringement

    You must not insert links to websites or submit content which would be an infringement of copyright.

  6. Play the game/Respect the game

    Please respect these rules when commenting on Squawka News; people will disagree from time to time but please try to see each other's point of view before getting all worked up, that helps no one.