Mesut Ozil says Alex Iwobi has left him 'amazed'

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For the majority of this session, Mesut Ozil has been vowing Arsenal fans.

The German midfielder has racked up 18 assists in the Premier League - just two short of Thierry Henry’s record - and has shown consistency throughout the campaign.

However, Ozil’s teammates haven’t always been able to replicate the performance levels of the world-class playmaker as the Gunners appear to end the season trophy-less.


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Arsene Wenger’s side were humbled at home in the FA Cup against Watford, comfortably beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League and sit ten points adrift of Leicester.

Ozil was one of six nominees for the PFA Player of the Year award but he won’t be winning the award after he was snubbed from the PFA Team of the Year.

Although he’s been the standout performer for the Emirates side, Ozil has admitted that he has been massively impressed by a young teammate of his.

Ozil rates Iwobi

“Alex Iwobi has amazed me with the way he’s performed for the first team recently,” he told Arsenal’s official magazine.

In recent weeks, Iwobi has been given regular first-team football by Wenger has made 18 appearances in all competitions this campaign.

The 19-year-old has impressed for the Gunners and scored twice in his first two Premier League starts against Everton and Watford.

Other youngsters

But Iwobi isn’t the only youngster performing well at the club. Hector Bellerin, who was named in the PFA Team of the Year, is only 21 and has been brilliant all season.

“When I consider their age and that they’ve come through at a club like Arsenal, I think they are on a good path,” Ozil said.

“They prove themselves in training, they are good on the ball.”

Ozil raves about Gnabry

But Ozil has also highlighted the qualities of a player that hasn’t made an appearance for Arsenal this season - Serge Gnabry.

Gnabry spent a spell on loan at West Brom earlier in the season, only making one appearance but Ozil believes he has a future at the north London club.

“Then there’s Serge Gnabry, who I like a lot as a player,” he said.

“He’s really robust, very determined and with a real will to win. I think they can really achieve a lot.”

Assist record

While Arsenal haven’t got too much to play for from now until the end of the season, Ozil is still seeking to break Henry’s 20 assist record. The midfielder has been stuck on 18 for weeks and needs just three more to create history.

However, Ozil has insisted that is isn’t too interested in individual accolades.

“You become aware of some things, like being close to breaking the assist record, but I don’t play the game to smash records. I know what I can do and I know that I’m one of the best assist-makers in the world. But it’s all about titles for me,” he said.

“If I have a great season but we don’t win anything, what does it bring me?”

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