Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil has reached his “golden age”.
The German international has excelled so far this season, providing six assists and scoring two goals in his first 11 games of the 2015/16 campaign.
That run of form has delighted the boss, who believes that Ozil is a “vital” player for the team.
“You go into that period thinking, ‘finally’. [When you are] under 25 you think you can last forever.
“Once you get to 27 you realise it’s time to capitalise on what you have learned and efficiency takes a little bit over the playing mood.”
“Talent-wise, I think deeply he is a very, very collective player. He is a very respectful guy.
“If you tell him to do that he will do it for you. I think his talent is exceptional.
“His talent is fantastic. Sometimes I think he sacrifices himself for the team.
“He plays in the link between the low midfield and the striker. He is the vital part in that.
“When he has the ball in the final part of the pitch, he has the most assists. There he is vital.”
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