Mesut Ozil has been speaking out about team-mate Alexis Sanchez, stating his belief that the Chilean is a better all-round team player than Cristiano Ronaldo.
The winger joined Arsenal last season from Barcelona for a fee of around £32 million and he hit the ground running, bagging 16 goals in 32 Premier League appearances as the Gunners secured third spot and Champions League qualification.
Ozil was another of Arsenal's big-money signing from Real Madrid the season before Sanchez arrived, and now the north London club are gearing up for a title challenge having also secured the services of Petr Cech from Chelsea.
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Ozil was speaking at a member's event when one Arsenal fan asked him to compare Sanchez to Ronaldo, who he played alongside during his time with Real Madrid.
The German World Cup winner insisted that while Ronaldo was the better individual player, Sanchez brings more to his team-mates as a whole.
He said: Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who scores a lot of goals, and Alexis is someone who plays for the team. He runs lots for the team, he fights lots for the team, and I enjoy playing with him. They are both great players."
The Gunners have so far only completed one transfer this summer, bringing in Cech for around £10 million. Recent reports have linked them with a striker, although it is not thought that it will be Karim Benzema.
Juventus' forward Fernando Llorente is another name said to be on Arsene Wenger's transfer hitlist, although the Italian giants are holding out for a fee of €12 million.
Ozil is pretty fair with his comments about Ronaldo and Sanchez, there can't be many players in the game right now who run as much for their team as the Chilean does.
The former Barcelona man played all across the front line last season too and still kept up his levels of performance, although it would be a mistake to play him as a main striker for the upcoming campaign. Ronaldo may be one of the best players ever, but even he can't say that he gives his heart and soul for his team each week, and that's why the Arsenal fans love Alexis.
Who would you rather have on your team right now - Alexis and Ozil, or Ronaldo?
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