Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil can become as successful as an Arsenal legend once he becomes acclimatised to the rigours of the Premier League.
The Gunners boss sanctioned a record £42.4million move for the Germany international as the summer transfer window came to a close and the former Real Madrid playmaker has shown glimpses of brilliance.
However, Ozil's blistering start to his Arsenal has slowed somewhat in recent matches and he has not been as influential, which has led to criticism from somme corners.
Wenger is not worried about this dip and insisted he has great faith in the 25-year-old, going so far as comparing him with Arsenal legend Robert Pires.
“I believe that he has a personality. He works quite hard. He is adapting to the physical challenges of the Premier League," the Frenchman is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“He looks to me like Pires. It took a while for Pires to adapt to the physical side of the game. Once he had adapted he was absolutely amazing. He is a similar type of player.”
Pires is considered by many Gunners fans to be one of the greatest players to have played for the club, certainly in recent times, so evoking him is a significant statement by Wenger.
Pires spent six years at the club and was a key member in the 2001-02 double-winning side and the 'Invincibles' season in 2004.