Andrea Pirlo has heaped praise on Mesut Özil, with the Italian star claiming Özil is arguably the best playmaker in Europe at the moment, as reported by the Evening Standard.
Özil has been in fine form this season, and is playing arguably the best football of his career. He’s provided a massive number of assists over the course of the campaign, and has begun adding goals to his game too.
He grabbed another goal against Bournemouth this past Sunday afternoon, and was once again among the best players on the pitch.
Pirlo himself is one of the greatest creative players in history, so he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to playmakers. He believes Özi’s vision is unmatched by anyone in Europe, and highlighted the sheer volume of chances he creates for his teammates.
“[Özil is] maybe the most creative player in Europe right now,” he said.
“[He] creates an unbelievable amount of chances for attackers playing ahead of him. He has vision like nobody else in Europe.”
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Pirlo also had good things to say about Alexis Sanchez, and suggested the Chilean was underappreciated during his time at Barcelona. He insists we’re getting the best out of Alexis currently though, and the fact that he’s the main man at Arsenal is really helping us see the real Alexis.
“It is easy not to get the credit you deserve at Barcelona because of [Lionel] Messi, and now Neymar and [Luis] Suarez, but Sanchez has shown at Arsenal how good he is,” Pirlo said.
“They have made him the focal point of their attack and he is repaying their faith.”
The acquisitions of Alexis and Özil have unquestionably taken us to another level, and the world class duo will likely prove key to any title push we look to mount. We’re in a new financial era at the moment where we’re able to afford players of their calibre, but we need to continue to strengthen in order to compete with the world’s top teams.