Bayern Munich star Philipp Lahm has hailed Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil as 'the most intelligent player' in Europe.
As reported by the Mirror, Lahm, speaking ahead of tonight's Champions League showdown against the Gunners, claims his compatriot has vision unlike anyone else in the game.
With Arsenal flying high in the Premier League, Ozil has enjoyed a wonderful start to the season in north London.
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Despite being admired on the global stage, things haven't always been easy for the German international. Time-and-time again, the former Real Madrid man has been the subject of criticism, but this is something that Lahm finds laughable.
The Bayern star stated: “Mesut is probably the most intelligent player I have ever played with, he is probably the most intelligent player in Europe today.
“Mesut sees things only he can — his vision is as good as I have ever seen. It was laughable when he was being questioned after his move to Arsenal.
"It doesn’t matter how good you are, everybody needs time to settle in a new league. Especially a league like England, where you don’t get as much time on the ball, and of course the game is a lot more physical.
“People don’t necessarily understand his game, he isn’t there to run at players or even beat them, he is far more intelligent than that.
“He finds space and creates chances for his team mates, and you only need to look at the assist table to understand there is nobody better than him at that.”
Ozil has performed admirably for Arsenal so far this season, but it's now crucial he manages to find consistency in his game. The 27-year-old is one of the classiest players in England and has the ability to inspire the Gunners to the title this term.
Of course, it's essential for his following to appreciate his talent; he's not going to roam about the pitch at full throttle, but he is going to use his intelligence to find space and time.
Arsenal fans will certainly be hoping to see the technically gifted ace produce a match-winning display in Germany this evening.
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