Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes Mesut Ozil is similar to former France team-mate and football icon Zinedine Zidane.

The German completed his move to the gunners on deadline-day this summer for a reported £42.5million.

Ozil has started life at the Emirates with a string of scintillating performances, and having trained with the former-Real Madrid man first-hand as he gained fitness, Pires is as excited as anyone about the player's arrival.

Having played with the likes of Zidane and Dennis Bergkamp, Frenchman Pires should know a thing or two about playmakers, and he believes Arsenal have signed the best number 10 in Europe.

"I think that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have signed a world class player," Pires said to 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.

And aside from the players on-field qualities, Pires believes the signing was beneficial several-fold.

"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," he added. "But also in terms of prestige as it proves that Arsenal is still a massive club."

The left-midfielder went on to pay Ozil the grandest of compliments as he compared the Gunners record signing to compatriot Zidane.

"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."

Pires made 284 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 84 goals in his six year stay at the club.

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