Arsenal legend Thierry Henry claims club record acquisition Mesut Özil reminds him of Robert Pires, while the veteran striker adds he would have loved to have been given the opportunity to play alongside the German.
Özil joined the Gunners from Real Madrid on deadline day for a fee of €50 million and has played a prominent role in propelling the club to the summit of the Premier League table and into the last 16 of the Champions League.
The 25-year-old has scored five goals and contributed six assists in his 18 appearances for Arsenal thus far, and Henry sees something of Pires in Arsene Wenger's latest high-profile recruit.
"I would have loved to have played with him. He reminds me of Robert Pires," Henry said while working as a pundit for Sky Sports on Wednesday.
"He will share the ball. He can find a guy who is quick, a target striker. He can play any type of ball.
"He has the thing you want from a midfielder: He has time. It seems like he is playing on his own in his garden.
"He brought that composure on the ball that you need. I think he brought that to Arsenal, him coming with his name. You have got to back it up [and] he did back it up."
Özil played the entire 90 minutes for Arsenal against Napoli on Wednesday evening but was unable to prevent his side from falling to defeat at the Stadio San Paolo.
Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon scored the goals for the home side, but this proved to be fruitless as Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund progressed from the group.