Arsene Wenger hails Mesut Ozil as “a complete sensational football player”
Arsene Wenger watched Mesut Ozil inspire Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth tonight that took them back to the top of the Premier League.
Ozil took his tally of Premier League assists to 16 when he set up Gabriel in the 27th minute for Arsenal’s opening goal.
He then sealed the three points with a sublime finish in the 63rd minute, after a slick passing move had opened up the Cherries defence.
After the match Wenger lavished praise on Ozil and compared him to former Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp
“Look at the numbers. On the assists they speak for him,” said Wenger when asked whether he was the best player in the Premier League.
“He has become a complete sensational football player. I am very, very happy with his performances. He is one of the best in Europe certainly. In his position, he is sensational.
“Bergkamp was more goalscorer than him and he was more of an assists man but now he becomes more of a goalscorer so they really are comparable.
“He has remarkable technical quality and something that I enjoy very much is the timing of his passes. If you think in the stand give the ball now, it is now. You have not finished your thinking and the ball has gone has gone already.
“And that is somebody who thinks always as the song leader with the right tone and that is something difficult to achieve as decision you have to make at so quick.
“Mesut was the focal point to our team because we had a new midfield again and he’s a guy who gives reassurance with his technical security and fluidity. He gives you slowly confidence.
“I have seen a few good games from Mesut. What is important is that he convinces everybody he is not just a very talented player but he is working hard for the team and he has added scoring goals to assists. He is a complete player.
“I have not seen many of that quality. I don’t like to compare players but he is an exceptional player and you have to give me credit. I was always defending that point of view.”
Petr Cech set a new Premier League clean sheet record as he reached 170 shut outs.
“He can be very proud of that as it’s a remarkable achievement and people don’t realise how much commitment is behind all that and how much focus and consistency in his attitude and on top of that he’s a remarkably consistent goalkeeper,” said Wenger.
“We are top but whether you are one point in front or one point behind is not so important. It’s more the consistency of our results and that we grow stronger as a team.”