New Arsenal signing heaps praise on Mesut Ozil ahead of Boro clash

Shkodran Mustafi is the latest Arsenal player to praise Mesut Ozil this season

Shkodran Mustafi has singled out Mesut Ozil for special praise following his strong performance in Arsenal’s 6-0 thrashing of Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Ozil struck three times in the second half to score the first hat-trick of his career to help Arsene Wenger’s men claim the three points and move a step closer towards qualification for the last 16.

The Germany international is widely considered to be one of the Premier League’s best playmakers following his arrival at the club from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

And Mustafi believes that people need no reminding about Ozil’s qualities as he and his team-mates prepare for Saturday’s clash with Middlesbrough in the Premier League at The Emirates.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal Player, Mustafi said: “I think we all know that he has qualities.

“As soon as he has the ball in the last third, he can make things happen and I think all the boys that played up front [on Wednesday] have been terrific for us.

“As I said, it was about taking the chances – we did that. Obviously I’m happy for him, it’s going to give him a lot of confidence for the next game and I’m sure that we are going to need that.

“He has the qualities. He sees his team-mates, he sees all the runs, he has quality on the ball. His passing, his left foot… I think he has all that you need on the pitch.

“So yeah, that’s what makes him good. And then scoring three goals in a game just shows how good he is.”

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Arsenal head into the game looking to keep up their recent fine form in the Premier League, with the Gunners having won their last six top flight games on the trot.

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