Mesut Ozil makes 100th appearance for Arsenal in Chelsea clash

The German playmaker moved for £42.5m in September 2013

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Mesut Ozil celebrates an Arsenal milestone today in the Premier League clash against Chelsea - he will make his 100th appearance for the Gunners in all competitions.

Since his £42.5m move from Real Madrid in September 2013, the German playmaker has made 37 assists and scored 17 goals.

He has been in stunning form this season, making 16 assists in the Premier League.

Ozil missed Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Stoke City last weekend because of a "slight foot injury", but has returned to the starting line-up for the Chelsea match.

Before kick-off, Wenger hailed his German duo of Ozil and Per Mertesacker as leaders in the dressing room

The World Cup winners are playing a major role as the Gunners target a first Barclays Premier League title in 12 years and will again be at the forefront when Chelsea visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Wenger's side need to beat the beleaguered reigning champions to return to the top of the table and, with Mertesacker and Ozil boasting 13 major trophies between them, the pair are proving a dressing room inspiration.

When asked about Mertesacker being able to unite the dressing room for a championship assault, Frenchman Wenger said: "He's very important in that.

"He's a very important leader in the dressing room, Per. And a respected one as well, and maintains focus he wants to do well. He's one of the guys who can help us."