Robert Pires: Arsenal’s Mesut Özil is like Zinedine Zidane

Robert Pires hails Arsenal's signing of Mesut Özil and claims that the playmaker reminds him of Zinedine Zidane

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mesut Ozil has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal Photo: Steindy/Wikimedia

Robert Pires has hailed Arsenal’s signing of Mesut Özil and claims that the playmaker reminds him of Zinedine Zidane.

The 24-year-old has hit the ground running since his club-record £42.5m transfer to Emirates Stadium and scored his first goal for the Gunners in the 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli earlier this month.

And Arsenal legend Pires says that the Germany international’s style of play reminds him of former Real Madrid and France star Zinedine Zidane.

“I think that Arsène Wenger and Arsenal have signed a world-class player in Mesut Özil,” Pires told the official Arsenal Magazine.

“He is, in my opinion, the best No10 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 Özil 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.

“If I had to compare Özil 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.”

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