Arsenal star compares teammate to Zidane & Ronaldinho

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Santi Cazorla thinks his Arsenal teammate Mesut Özil can go on to define an era in the same way Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho did at Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Speaking to, Cazorla sung the praises of his new Gunners colleague, and revealed they've quickly built a rapport on the pitch.

"We have got to know each other and I have to say that it is very easy to have a good understanding with a great player like him, since our playing philosophy is very similar," said Cazorla.

"As the days go by we have a better association on the pitch. Personally I am very happy to have Mesut as a teammate. He is a great signing and everyone enjoys the way he plays.

"Mesut is a player of a different kind. He is a joy to watch and has a lot of talent. Like Zidane or Ronaldinho, he can be one of those players who marks an era.

"He is not the kind of player you are used to watching and he can win games on his own. That's why he is a top player."

Özil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in a £42.4m transfer on deadline day, and the Germany international has quickly settled into life at the Emirates Stadium.

He has three goals and four assists from his first eight Arsenal matches, but he's only recently been able to take the field alongside Cazorla.

The Spaniard has been injured with an ankle problem picked up in September but returned to the team to face Norwich City at the weekend.

Arsenal beat Norwich City 4-1 at home to jump back to the top of the Premier League table - two points clear of Chelsea and Liverpool.

But they slipped to defeat for the first time in 13 matches against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League - a late Robert Lewandowski strike enough to hand the German side a 2-1 away win.

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