Pires - Ozil reminds me of Zidane

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has likened Mesut Ozil to French great Zinedine Zidane.

The Germany international has settled seamlessly in north London after signing from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, opening his account for the Club against Napoli and laying on five other goals.

Pires has no doubts that Ozil will be a major success at Emirates Stadium and believes that the signing represents a real statement of intent.

"It will give the rest of the squad more confidence and opponents will fear Arsenal again"

Robert Pires

"I think that Arsène Wenger and Arsenal have signed a world class player in Mesut Ozil," Pires told the official Arsenal Magazine.

"He is, in my opinion, the best No 10 in Europe. He has proven it with Real Madrid and with Germany. For me, he is exactly the player the team was missing.

"It is an amazing coup that Arsenal made this summer not only in football terms as Ozil will strengthen the team, but it will give the rest of the squad more confidence and opponents will fear Arsenal again. But also in terms of prestige as it proves that Arsenal is still a massive club.

"If I had to compare Ozil with someone I played with in my career, I think I would say that he has a bit of Zinedine Zidane in him, in terms of vision, touch and genius to make others play around him.

"Like all Arsenal fans who have been expecting a big signing like that for a number of years, I am very happy he is a Gunner now because he will be fantastic for us."

Robert was speaking exclusively to the October edition of the official monthly magazine - still available at newsagents, by visiting or by calling 0845 301 7626

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