Why Mesut Ozil is as good as Kevin de Bruyne and other Premier League statistics

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Mesut Ozil - keeping pace with Kevin de BruyneWinning football matches tends to be about scoring goals.They can come from anywhere - long range or short, 40 yards or two yards, sometimes the 12 yards of the penalty spot. Or not, if you happen to be Liverpool.For a goal to be scored, someone has usually done the hard yards beforehand. The creator. The common consensus is that Kevin de Bruyne is the Premier League's king of creating chances, but there is a pretender to the throne.
To hit the back of the net, you're probably going to make an attempt on goal. Someone needs to tell Swansea City.All this and more is revealed in the best of the statistics from the weekend's Premier League action.
Ozil v De Bruyne

De Bruyne (left) has won a Belgian title with Genk while Ozil won La Liga with Real Madrid. Neither has lifted the Premier LeagueOne is apparently such a shoo-in for PFA Player of the Year that the wife of a former player at his club has felt confident enough to bet a naked conga around a Stockport car park on the result of the poll.[/i]By contrast, the other has been roundly criticised by his club's old boys in the media.[/i]But how much difference is there between Manchester City's De Bruyne and Arsenal's Ozil[/IMG]
bbc.comBut Ozil's work without the ball does not stand up to comparison as well.Even considering the longer time that De Bruyne has spent on the pitch, the City attacker has got more involved in his side's defensive duties.
Fox in the box
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Javier Hernandez once again netted from inside the box against Crystal PalaceJavier Hernandez doesn't bother with scoring from long range.In fact, his opening goal in West Ham's 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace was his 41st in the Premier League, all of which have been scored inside the 18-yard box.In maintaining that close-range record, Hernandez remains alongside two other players who scored all of their goals inside the penalty area - Tim Cahill (56) and John Terry (41).In the cases of Cahill and Terry, the slim chance of them playing in the Premier League again suggests that their records will remain intact.
bbc.comNot much further down the list, two Manchester United legends are revealed to have a penchant for the tap-in.Of Ruud van Nistelrooy's 95 Premier League goals, 99% came inside the 18-yard box, while 98% of Dwight Yorke's 123 strikes came from similar range.
Paying the penalty

Mohamed Salah joined the ranks of Liverpool penalty-missersWhen Mohamed Salah had his penalty saved by Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl, he joined a long line of Liverpool players to have wasted opportunities from the spot in the Premier League era.In fact, a 34th failure from 12 yards put Liverpool joint top with Arsenal as the most wasteful penalty takers.Unsurprisingly the top of that list is dominated by the clubs that have spent most time in the Premier League - Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Aston Villa.
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