Neville: Ozil would enjoy playing with Van Persie

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Gary Neville believes Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil would've enjoyed playing off Robin van Persie, given the Manchester United striker's clever movement.

Speaking after the Gunners' comfortable 3-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium last night, the Sky Sports pundit praised the Germany international's performance, after contributing a goal and an assist for the hosts.

"I thought he did okay," Neville said. "He's got class, Mesut Ozil. He showed some good touches.

"But at times you feel he needs the striker to run through more. You feel the more he's got players who run through, the more he'll serve them."

Following his £42.5million club-record move to Arsenal last summer, Ozil's form had dropped off following a series of niggling injuries that have halted his progress in Arsene Wenger's side.

But, now back fit, the 25-year-old will be hoping to finish the season on a high, and turned in a man-of-the-match display for the north Londoners on Monday.

Neville also points to a poor understanding with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as a possible reason for Ozil's indifferent showings, suggesting that the pair do not compliment each other very well.

The France striker was also on the scoresheet against the Magpies last night, and the pair turned in one of their better performances, but that didn't prevent the Red Devils legend from implying that Ozil would probably be even more devastating in behind someone like Van Persie, who swapped Arsenal for Old Trafford in 2012.

"I think he would have enjoyed playing with Van Persie," added the former Manchester United defender. "They're the type of runs Van Persie makes. I think he [Ozil] is the type of player that can read clever movement.

"Giroud's game is to play up to him and then he wants to set the third man's run. Whereas I think Ozil's got it in him to play the quality through pass, and I think it would suit him a lot more to have a striker that runs down the sides of centre-backs.

"I'm not sure that's Giroud's game to be fair. He [Ozil] is a no.10 and he relies upon the sort of quality of that striker up front. Giroud's a decent striker but just decent."

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