Arsenal vs Tottenham: Mesut Ozil has the edge on Christian Eriksen when the two are at their best, says Paul Merson
While capable of showing moments of brilliance, Ozil can sometimes struggle to make an impact on big games.
And the German is not short of critics including talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham, who said Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is the player Ozil “dreams of being”.
Durham made this claim again on Drivetime on Thursday, saying: “Eriksen is incredible. He’s the player Ozil dreams of being.”
However, Merson – who won two league titles for the Gunners – disagreed with the talkSPORT host, saying that if both Ozil and Eriksen were playing at their very best the Arsenal man would come out on top.
Speaking to Durham and Darren Gough on Friday’s Drivetime from the Sky Sports studios, Merson said: “If they both turned up and played the best football they could then you’d probably have to edge for Ozil, surely?”
Merson was speaking to Durham and Goughie ahead of Arsenal’s north London derby match against Spurs on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT, kick-off 2.05pm.
And although Ozil has found himself on the bench a few times under Unai Emery, Merson says he feels the No.10 should be starting this weekend’s derby.
He added: “You have to get your best players on the pitch for this one. It’s not going to be a kicking game. Half the players will be cuddling each other in the tunnel before the game. It’s not like the old days.
“If Arsenal are going to win they’ll have to pass through Tottenham.”