Arsenal star hails 'fantastic' Ozil

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has lavished praise upon new teammate Mesut Ozil, describing the talented playmaker as 'fantastic'. 

German international Ozil, who became the club's record signing after joining for £42.5 million from Spanish giants Real Madrid on a particularly hectic transfer deadline day, made his Gunners debut on Saturday as Arsenal defeated Paolo Di Canio's struggling Sunderland outfit at the Stadium of Light.

And despite having reportedly missed training through illness prior to the fixture, Ozil thoroughly vindicated manager Arsene Wenger's decision to hand him an immediate debut by putting in a thoroughly impressive performance that included an assist for Olivier Giroud's first-half opener. 

Fellow Arsenal midfielder Ramsey, who continued his impressive run of form by netting a brace in the same match, has subsequently hailed Ozil, reserving particular praise for his stupendous passing ability. 

"He showed what he's all about slipping those little balls through," Ramsey was quoted by the Daily Star following the victory.

"He's a fantastic player and is very gifted. He's going to create a lot of opportunities for us.

"He has a wonder of a left foot. He caresses the ball and the passes seem to be of a perfect weight and right into people's strides."

Saturday's win, which was packed with controversy as the hosts were denied a goal after referee Martin Atkinson failed to allow striker Jozy Altidore to continue his run after being pulled by Bacary Sagna and Di Canio was sent to the stands for protesting, saw Arsenal take their place at the summit of the Premier League table. 

Wenger's men return to action on Wednesday night as they face a trip to face Marseille in their Champions league group stage opener.

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