Petr Cech lavishes praise on Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil
Petr Cech has been very impressed by Mesut Ozil's form for Arsenal this season...
Petr Cech has heaped praise on Mesut Ozil following the Germany playmaker’s impressive season for Arsenal.
The 27-year-old ended up being one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season as he notched up 19 assists for his team-mates.
Ozil’s fine form was not enough to inspire Arsenal to the title as they were forced to settle for a second-placed finish in the table behind champions Leicester City.
However, the World Cup winner has developed a reputation for being one of the Premier League’s top playmakers.
And Cech, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea in the summer transfer window last year, has been extremely impressed by what he has seen from Ozil after his first campaign working with the former Real Madrid star.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Cech said: “He’s been brilliant all season.
“Not only is he providing all of these assists, but in a game he is very important and very useful and he has improved in terms of goals scored.
“You could see that his overall game has been brilliant all year, so he definitely deserves to get the Player of the Season award. He’s raised the bar for next season so good luck to him for being able to keep it that high.
“He has great vision and, whatever he sees, he sees it much better than anyone else. He can execute the pass as well or use that space, with his movement or his pass. His quality with the ball, his passing and vision is extraordinary.
“It’s very tricky for the goalkeeper because you know anything can happen. He sometimes sees things and you think, ‘There’s no way he can put the ball there because it’s too complicated’, but he always finds the way. Even with his finishing, he has the calmness in front of goal, picks his spot very well and he can put it wherever he wants.
“When you look at these types of players everyone says, ‘They’re technically gifted, can pass and have nice vision’, but when it comes to running people question it.
“With Mesut you can see that he’s not [afraid of] running, pressing or the physical presence. He’s someone who works hard every day to be on top of his game and that’s why he’s at the top of his game, because he works for it.”
Arsenal pipped local rivals Tottenham Hotspur to a second-placed finish in the table after their 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on the final day of the season.