MESUT OZIL has been hailed a “magician” and in comparison with Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp by the Dutchman’s previous team-mate Robert Pires.
Ozil, 30, has divided opinions among the many Gunners devoted since his transfer from Actual Madrid 5 years in the past has struggled to carry down a daily place this time period beneath Unai Emery.
However Pires, 45, who performed for Arsenal for 5 years, is a completely paid-up member of Group Ozil.
He informed Joe: “He hasn’t began many video games (not too long ago) as a result of he is been injured with a small again drawback. However now, crucial factor is to see Mesut within the line-up.
“He’s very intelligent, he could make good assists and typically he can rating.
“For me, he’s like Dennis Bergkamp, he’s a magician, a maestro.
“After all, he’s not a warrior, like Dennis… or like me. However within the staff, you want all the pieces. And when you have got Mesut, he’s vital.”
Pires insists Emery is placing his mark on the membership after greater than 20 years of Arsene Wenger.
After ending sixth final yr, Arsenal are within the combine for a Champions League spot and face Napoli within the Europa League quarter-finals subsequent month.
He added: “I feel because the starting, he’s carried out properly.
“It was very tough for him as a result of lots of people, followers, media, they in contrast him to Wenger.
“I feel he is put one thing new within the dressing room, he’s extra strict.
“After all, it’s completely totally different for the gamers, however he’s put in good guidelines for the staff, and it’s good as a result of he has saved the identical Arsenal philosophy.”