​In a surprising twist, stats have shown that this season, Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are the second most deadly connection in Europe.

While it is Germany international Ozil that has claimed the majority of the credit this season, and rightfully so with an incredible 16 assists in 20 Premier League matches, France international Giroud's role has gone somewhat unnoticed.

Very much a 'marmite' player in the sense that while he finds the net often enough, Giroud misses too many chances to be seen across the globe as a world class finisher, but still has a brilliant 18 in 28 this season.

What fans may not realise however, is that their form - which has coincided with Arsenal climbing to the top of the Premier League - is second only to Barcelona duo Neymar and Luis Suarez in terms of ruthlessness.


Barcelona's South Americans have linked up for nine goals this season, but for what is the best team in the world, that is only two goals more than the amount Giroud and Ozil have combined for.

Also on the list is former Tottenham Hotspur man Roberto Soldado, which will provide much pain to Spurs fans after seeing their £26m investment fail to work out at White Hart Lane, only to combine with Cedric Bakumbu on six occasions.

Another man with Barcelona roots makes the list in Gerard Deulofeu, who has linked up with Everton's talisman striker Romelu Lukaku six times, while the same figure can be applied for Watford pair Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney.

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Completing the list is Leicester City duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, who have also combined a total of six times to find the net - which means that Watford, Leicester and Everton have three of the five deadliest link-ups in Europe, which would seem staggeringly bizarre at the start of the season.