Premier League giants, Chelsea and Arsenal boast two of the finest attacking midfielders in the whole of Europe. Both London teams have players that can turn a game by its head and create magic out of absolutely nothing.
Step forward, Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil. The Belgian winger and German playmaker are two of the best players in the division and will improve any team in world football. That said though, perhaps Hazard is the better player given his recent showings with Belgium and Chelsea.
He has become a leader of men, exemplified by his showing at the World Cup, where he led his team to a third-place finish. While Ozil has long gone on from his Real Madrid’s form, where he was rightly regarded as the most creative mind in the game due to his chance creation and ability to lay on the pass for his teammates, his quality in the final third is not in doubt . We compare both men.
Hazard edges this one as he plays in a more advanced role. In over 500 career appearances he has managed over 150 goals while Ozil is not bad as well. The 29-year-old German boasts just over 100 goals in close to 600 matches.
Assists and chances creation
No one comes close to Ozil when it comes to laying the final ball. The former Real Madrid has a remarkable assists ratio as he has racked over 200 professional assists, which in itself is almost unheard of. Hazard is more of a player that has the assist before the assist, which means he is almost always involved in the build up to a goal but necessarily the one given the assists.
In 2015/16, Ozil recorded a league high 19 assists, while Hazard hasn’t done up to double digits before.
Hazard is perhaps the best dribbler in world football, alongside Neymar. In the Premier League this season, he has attempted six dribbles and has completed all six, despite playing just 17 minutes against Huddersfield. Ozil is not known for his dribbling but for his vision and awareness of what goes on around him.
Both men are not exceptionally known for their off the ball work. That said though, Hazard slightly edges this as he is more difficult to take the ball off. Ozil gets caught out sometimes. His lack of physicality also works against him as he most times loses possession when he is shrugged off the ball.
Ozil and Hazard are both supremely gifted individuals, but the ex German international at nearly 30 is no longer the player he used to be. Hazard seems to be in his prime at the moment. However, Ozil remains the ‘creative king’.