Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has leapt to the defence of under-fire Mesut Ozil describing him as “world class” and insisting Arsenal are lucky to have him.
Ozil has come in for criticism from some quarters for his performances against Bayern Munich and Chelsea in particular as the Gunners suffered two damaging losses.
The Germany international has subsequently been given time off, with claims he needs to rest a back problem, before Arsenal resume action against Liverpool on Saturday.
Ozil is also yet to commit his future to the club, with contract negotiations continuing, but Boateng feels Arsenal are lucky to have him in the ranks.
“He is world class,” Boateng said via The Mirror. “Every player has a period where it’s not everything goes well.
“He knows this by himself and he will make everything to play good for his team. He’s one of the best players in the world.
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“I love to play with him. He’s always trying, he creates chances, he’s the best passing player I ever saw.
“When he was at Real Madrid he made the most assists – even at Arsenal. So I think they are very lucky to have him.”
Boateng has also praised Arsene Wenger but admits that a coach would not last 12 years at Bayern without a trophy, as the Frenchman has done at Arsenal.
“No, that would be tough but the Premier League it’s different,” he admitted. “It is always hard and still I think Arsene Wenger is an amazing coach. It’s difficult to win trophies there. It’s not that easy.”
Boateng is nearing a return to action after undergoing surgery in December but is not expected to be fit enough for the second of the Champions League clash between the two sides.