Theo Walcott has called on Arsene Wenger to build his Arsenal team around the special talent of Mesut Ozil.
The England international is finally threatening to form a long-awaited partnership with the World Cup-winning playmaker. His pace, coupled with Ozil's passing range, was tipped to cause opponent's all sorts of problems when the German originally arrived from Real Madrid in 2013.
Walcott's serious knee injury in January 2014 prevented a bond from forming in Ozil's first two seasons at the Emirates, but both have started regularly in north London this term, and they are utilising each other's attributes for Arsenal's gain.
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The situation is helped by the fact that Wenger has finally decided to give Walcott a chance to play up front and Ozil in his favoured No.10 position. It has given the former Southampton starlet a chance to see just how good Arsenal's record signing really is.
"He can do it anywhere on the pitch, he's a threat from anywhere," the striker told Arsenal's official website.
"Mesut's involvement in the Stoke goal sums it up and also shows what he can do for this team. He makes football look easy and he's a special player.
"When you've got that in your dressing room you can build on it. The first thing he does when he has the ball, in fact when he hasn't even got the ball, is that he looks.
"He looks first before he gets the ball and he knows where he's going to play it before he's even got it. That just shows the sort of quality we have in this team.
"I know what he's going to do now when he's got the ball, I just need to keep making those runs and hopefully we can get that relationship going."
Both Ozil and Walcott are expected to start in Sunday's crucial clash against Manchester United. A win would draw them level with the Premier League's early leaders, but a loss would leave them trailing by a surmountable, yet concerning, six points.
Having lost to Olympiakos in front of their own fans on Tuesday night, the pressure is on Wenger and his Gunners team to prove their ability to beat big teams. If they are to win, both Walcott and Ozil, who are Arsenal's top earners on £140,000-a-week, will have to play a key role.