Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has admitted that both Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla are vital players for the Gunners.
The German World Cup winner, who is steadily rediscovering his form and confidence following a difficult first 18 months at the Emirates Stadium, believes the on-pitch understanding he shares with his two star teammates has benefitted both himself and Arsenal.
Since returning from his knee injury, Arsenal have won 11 of the 13 matches Ozil has featured in, and the club have an excellent chance of repeating last season's achievements by finishing inside the top four and winning the FA Cup.
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Ozil: Santi and Alexis are so important
“[Santi and Alexis] are the type of players that, like myself, think before things happen on the pitch,” Ozil told Arsenal Player. “Especially with Santi, you can see that he’s playing such an outstanding season for the team and he’s so important for us.
“When you look at the whole squad, it doesn’t matter if the manager rotates slightly because we can compete as a team, no matter who is playing. That’s a big plus for us and that’s why we’re near the top of the league.
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“[My partnership with Alexis is] progressing really well, and you can see that in our matches. He’s really important for the team and that shows with the goals - he’s scored a lot of goals this season.
“You can see it in training too - I look for him when I have the ball because he makes those runs. For that reason, we’re happy to have a player like that in our ranks.”
Ozil is beginning to find his feet at Arsenal
Unlike Ozil, Sanchez has required no time at all to settle into his new surroundings at Arsenal, scoring an impressive 19 goals in his first 39 appearances for the Gunners.
In comparison Ozil has scored 11 in his first 62 matches for Arsenal - although it must be noted that the former Real Madrid star is more of a goal provider than goalscorer.
Regardless, Ozil has flattered to deceive since joining the Gunners in a £42.4 million move from the Bernabeu in September 2013.
His lacklustre displays have divided fans and pundits alike, but there have been signs in recent weeks to suggest the technically-gifted attacking midfielder feels content at the Emirates Stadium and is motivated to perform.
Ozil picked up Arsenal's Player of the Month award for February, even if his abject display against AS Monaco in the Champions League last 16 first leg left a lot to be desired, and is looking more and more like the player who lit up La Liga with Real Madrid for three seasons.
Ozil can become more influential for Arsenal
But Ozil, considering the remarkable talent he possesses, should be Arsenal's most important player - or at least one of their most important players.
Both Cazorla and Sanchez are most important to Arsenal than Ozil, but that could all change over the coming weeks and months.
Arsenal fans: who is the Gunners' most important player? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!