Head-to-Head

Head-to-Head: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) vs Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
14th February 2016

Sunday’s lunchtime game provides Leicester City with another chance to strengthen their Premier League title credentials, when they travel to face third-placed Arsenal.

Should they win at the Emirates, they will open up an eight-point advantage over the Gunners. Meanwhile, the hosts will be looking to cut the Foxes’ lead to just two points.

Following their professional display in their 2-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend, the North Londoners will once again be looking to Mesut Ozil to demonstrate his creative genius against a Leicester side who have only conceded two goals in their last seven matches.

The Gunners dismantled their opponents 5-2 at the King Power in September, with the German creating seven chances and providing the assist for his side’s third goal.

The Foxes will travel to the capital fresh from their 3-1 demolition of another title rival, Manchester City, last Saturday. Several pundits said that should Leicester win their three matches against Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal; the title was theirs to lose. So far they have two wins from two, and they will be looking to Riyad Mahrez to inspire them to victory once again.

The Algerian outlined himself as the stand-out performer against City, with a goal and an assist at the Etihad, taking his tally to 14 goals and 10 assists for the campaign – he is the first player to reach double figures in both categories.

With the duo having stellar seasons, their managers will be hoping they can perform once again on the biggest stage on Super Sunday.

We examine how they compare so far this term…

Mesut Ozil
  • Club:
    Arsenal
fact file
  • Position:
    Midfielder
  • Height:
    1.80m
  • Birth Date:
    October 15, 1988
  • Birth Place:
    Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Clubs:
    Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal
  • International:
    Germany (70 caps, 18 goals)
what he says
"It will be incredibly difficult to stop them. They were up 3-0 at Manchester City after 60 minutes. It's brilliant what they accomplish with their team." (Source = Daily Star)
did you know
Ozil is just five assists away from breaking Thierry Henry's Premier League record of 20 in a season.
2015/16 Premier League
  • Games:
    23
  • Goals:
    4
  • Assists:
    16
  • Key passes:
    83
  • Pass accuracy:
    87%
  • Interceptions:
    20
  • Fouls:
    39
  • Tackles:
    25
Riyad Mahrez
  • Club:
    Leicester
fact file
  • Position:
    Midfielder
  • Height:
    1.78m
  • Birth Date:
    February 21, 1991
  • Birth Place:
    Sarcelles, France
  • Clubs:
    Quimper, La Havre II, La Havre, Leicester City
  • International:
    Algeria (22 caps, 1 goal)
what he says
"I think he is one of the best in the Premier League because he always seems to come up with an amazing goal or an assist." Leonardo Ulloa, Leicester City team-mate (source = lcfc.com)
did you know
Mahrez was the first ever North African to score a Premier League hat-trick (against Swansea, December 2015).
2015/16 Premier League
  • Games:
    24
  • Goals:
    14
  • Assists:
    10
  • Key passes:
    31
  • Pass accuracy:
    72%
  • Interceptions:
    25
  • Fouls:
    9
  • Tackles:
    32
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