Thierry Henry: I would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

Theirry Henry admits that he would have "loved" to play alongside Mesut Özil at Arsenal and is full of praise for the playmaker

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Mesut Ozil has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal Photo: Steindy/Wikimedia

Theirry Henry admits that he would have “loved” to play alongside Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, and says the Germany playmaker reminds him of Robert Pires.

Ozil has been one of Arsenal’s standout performers this season since completing his £42.5m transfer to north London from Real Madrid in September.

And Henry, who is the Gunners’ all-time record goal-scorer and has been training with Ozil at Arsenal during the MLS off-season, was gushing with praise for the 25-year-old.

It seems like he’s playing at home in his garden and there’s nobody around him. That’s the type of player you want

Thierry Henry

“I would have love to play with him,” New York Red Bulls striker Henry said on Sky Sports. “He reminds me in a different way of Robert Pires.

“He’s the type of player you give the ball to and he’ll give it back to you. He will share the ball.

“He can find a guy a guy that’s quick or a target striker, any type of ball – whatever you want.

“And he has that thing that you look for in a midfielder: it seems like he has time, even though we all know that’s not the case.

“It seems like he’s playing at home in his garden and there’s nobody around him. That’s the type of player you want.

“You need to be composed on the ball and I think he brought that to Arsenal.”

The 36-year-old former France international continued: “He’s not built, he’s not that big, and yet you can’t get the ball off him.

“If you look at him closely, he will always do a little step on the right if you want to go on the left, just to make sure that you don’t come close to him and he gets that distance to operate.

“That’s one of the things I say to some of the youngsters I play with: you’ve got to do something before you get the ball, drop your shoulder.

“And you will see with Ozil that he does it all the time. And the way he does it, his head is always up.

“He came with his name but you have to back it up; you can’t come only with a name. He has backed it up.”

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