Arsene Wenger gushes with praise for Mesut Ozil ahead of Villa v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger heaps praise on Mesut Ozil ahead of Arsenal's trip to Aston Villa in the Premier League

Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Mesut Ozil following the Arsenal playmaker’s recent impressive form for the north London side.

The 27-year-old has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season and has already notched up 12 assists for his team-mates in the top flight to help them up to second place in the table.

Ozil has also scored two goals in the league for Wenger’s men as they prepare for their trip to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

And Arsenal boss Wenger has revealed his admiration for the World Cup winner’s style of play as the Gunners prepare to turn their attentions back to domestic affairs after their Champions League triumph over Olympiacos on Wednesday night.

“Mesut is like a musician who always plays the right note, and at the right moment,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website. “His timing is perfect – when he has to give the ball, he gives the ball.

“It’s just a pleasure to see. It struck me [on first seeing him] that he was at such a young age, but the boy could time his passing always right. He got out of impossible situations.

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“Also what struck me was that it was not forced on an individual basis – the team play was in front of his ego. That strikes you because normally when players are that talented, that’s not the first quality you see.”

Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, notched up his 12th Premier League assist of the season on Saturday as Wenger’s side recorded a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Emirates Stadium.

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