Mesut Ozil praises Arsenal team-mate Tomas Rosicky: 'In my opinion, Tomas belongs to the best'
The Czech Republic international broke his nose in Monday's match against Aston Villa
Wednesday 15 January 2014
Arsenal's club-record signing Mesut Ozil is full of praise for team-mate Tomas Rosicky and believes the Czech Republic international belongs among the Barclays Premier League elite.
The 33-year-old has made 21 appearances in all competitions for the table-topping Gunners and got on the scoresheet in the recent FA Cup third-round win over fierce rivals Tottenham.
Rosicky, who has been at Arsenal since a 2006 move from Borussia Dortmund, was expected to feature less this season following the emergence of Aaron Ramsey and the arrival of Ozil but the Germany international reckons his experienced team-mate is one of the best players in the division.
"We're strong when we're on the ball, we play quickly and I have lots of fun playing alongside the team," he told Arsenal's official website.
"In my opinion Tomas belongs to the best midfielders in the Premier League. When you see how much he gives for the team and how he enjoys being on the ball it makes us happy to have a player like that in our ranks."
Ozil moved to the Emirates from Real Madrid for a fee reported to be in excess of £40million and said he has found Arsene Wenger's side to be exactly what he expected before completing the switch.
"Before I came to Arsenal, I knew that the club belonged among the top five in Europe," he added.
"I knew that they were technically gifted and strong and you see that on the training ground when we are doing passing drills - the ball is always moving.
"I think that's thanks to the way young players are coached at the Club because they always train with the ball, run passing drills and ultimately it's being rewarded."
The Gunners will be looking to maintain their one-point gap back to Manchester City when they host Fulham on Saturday, with Rosicky likely to be missing with a suspected broken nose sustained in Monday's 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester City paid the price for not dealing with Barcelona's Sergio Busquets
Charlton sex tape: is the #sextratime Vine real or just another publicity stunt?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Ringside tickets set to cost up to £100,000 as Eddie Hearn warns fans could be priced out of fight
Brooklyn Beckham to be released: Why Arsenal could regret letting David Beckham's son depart
- 1 Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries
- 2 Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
- 3 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 5 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamaphobia
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit