The 24 year old has adjusted to life in the Premier League with ease following his deadline day arrival from Real Madrid, instantly providing moments of brilliance that see many recognise him as the finest number 10 on the planet.
Pires believes that Ozil will be a major success at Emirates Stadium and has suggested that the signing represents a real statement of intent.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
I think that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have signed a world class player in Mesut Ozil.
He is, in my opinion, the best No 10 in Europe. He has proven it with Real Madrid and with Germany. For me, he is exactly the player the team was missing.
It is an amazing coup that Arsenal made this summer not only in football terms as Ozil will strengthen the team, but it will give the rest of the squad more confidence and opponents will fear Arsenal again. But also in terms of prestige as it proves that Arsenal is still a massive club.
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If I had to compare Ozil with someone I played with in my career, I think I would say that he has a bit of Zinedine Zidane in him, in terms of vision, touch and genius to make others play around him.
Like all Arsenal fans who have been expecting a big signing like that for a number of years, I am very happy he is a Gunner now because he will be fantastic for us.
Ozil has had a massive effect on Arsenal as a team. The attacking midfielder has started life at the Emirates with a string of scintillating performances and his arrival has fuelled their exhilarating start of the season which sees them sit at the top the Premier League table, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.
The German international has amazing skill, technique, vision, intelligent movement and his work rate has been truly exceptional which is why he has often been compared to the French legend. He will try to replicate the effect Pires had on the Gunners in their 2003/04 title win and end Arsenal’s trophy drought.
Hopefully Ozil can also follow in the footsteps of Pires to become an Arsenal legend and ultimately return glory to the Arsenal trophy cabinet.
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