Speaking to Arsenal Player, Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller heaped praise on national teammate Mesut Özil, claiming that the player is ‘a perfect fit’ for Arsenal (via Arsenal.com). Muller was speaking on the eve of Bayern’s clash against Arsenal, in a game that will most likely decide the Gunners’ fate in Europe.
Muller and Özil were both part of last year’s World Cup winning German team, and Muller revealed that Özil’s passing skill was highly valued by his teammates.
“Mesut is very lively. His left foot is outstanding and he’s always got a great eye for a pass to a team-mate,” he said.
“His style of play fits perfectly to Arsenal’s game. That’s why he plays a good role there.”
Özil has been in scintillating form for Arsenal this season, notching up a goal and six assists in eight Premier League games. In comparison, he had only five assists total over the course of last season. This shows how much Özil has worked on his game and adapted to the English style of play, and Muller admitted that shutting him down was a crucial part of Munich’s plans:
“Mesut can hurt anyone, especially in London, where I see Arsenal as being a tick stronger than when they play away,” he continued.
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“We need to prevent Mesut from playing those dangerous passes in the final third.”
Arsenal will be looking to start tonight’s game in a similar fashion to the way they did against Manchester United, and Özil is a central component to that type of play. Both managers will have thought out plans to counter each other’s key players and now it only remains to be seen which side is able to execute those plans best on the field.