Arsenal are having their best season in recent years and after a brilliant first half of 2015-16, they will be desperate to be crowned league champions four months from now.
For that to become a reality, one man who has been sensational since the very first matchday in August and still the most flexible player in the Gunners roster has to carry on performing admirably.
He is none other than Mesut Ozil. The German star is not only the central playmaker of the team but also one of the most influential characters in the dressing room, as per Arsene Wenger’s reckoning.
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Same as former legend
Wenger hailed the genius of Ozil before the Sunday derby against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium and even compared him to former Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.
The Dutchman - in his illustrious 11-year spell with Arsenal - earned accolades and became one of the favourites to the Gunners faithful.
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Speaking to the press ahead of the tie, the Frenchman provided an insight into Ozil's behaviour off the pitch and how impeccably he conducts himself.
According to Mirror, Wenger said: “He [Ozil] is a bit like Bergkamp. He is not that guy who stands up and speaks too much, but, every time he says something, it is just straight to the point.”
The 27-year-old was praised for his performances by his manager and furthermore, Wenger revealed how demanding Ozil is of his team-mates.
“He is not an extrovert. But you don’t win by coincidence and he has won plenty in his career. He is demanding of his team-mates.”
The World Cup winner has been in inspirational form this term. In his 20 league appearances for the north London club, Ozil has scored three goals alongside 16 assists - the best in the league, with a pass completion rate of 87.5%, as per WhoScored.com.
The 66-year-old manager believes - other than captain Per Mertesacker - it is the former Real Madrid ace who is the leader of the squad, according to Sky Sports.
Wenger knows that it would not be an easy task for Arsenal to win the Premier League with Leicester City, Manchester City and Tottenham all challenging for top honours.
He reckons the Gunners have the requisite qualities to attain success but have to be patient and also have to maintain the morale within the group which could be crucial in their bid for a first title in over than a decade.