Jamie Carragher made the unfortunate error of saying David Silva is a cut above Mesut Ozil shortly before both went head-to-head in Arsenal v Manchester City tonight.
Why is that unfortunate? Well, it’s been the Ozil show in the first 45 minutes of the Emirates clash.
Arsenal are currently leading City 2-0 in the second-half thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud in the first-half.
And it should come as no surprise that the German playmaker laid on both goals for his team-mates.
The first came from a disappointing pass by Eliaquim Mangala, allowing Ozil to turn in space and feed Walcott before he cut back on to his right foot and curled the ball beyond Joe Hart.
The second was more quality from Ozil as he took Laurent Koscielny’s pass in the hole, touched it into Giroud’s path and the French striker did the rest.
Both assists took Ozil’s league total to 15 already for the season – just five off Gunners legend Thierry Henry’s record.
As for Silva, the Spaniard did nothing of note in the first-half and he’s comfortably playing second-fiddle to his opposing playmaker in the game.
Carragher’s comments, given on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage, could come back to haunt him.
The Liverpool legend said: “This season Ozil is at the level of David Silva, but David Silva has been doing it for four or five years.
“They are very similar, both like to play in the pockets, both play in the No10 role and both left-footed.
“If I was going to talk about the difference between the two, Mesut Ozil turns games. David Silva runs games. That’s why I would Silva just ahead of him and that’s the level for Mesut Ozil to go to.”
When asked by host Ed Chamberlain which player he’d prefer in a tight match, Carra answered: “Silva, every time. I still think Silva is a cut above him.”