Lee Dixon has hailed Mesut Ozil’s performance in the Arsenal win over Manchester United, but also made a bizarre comparison with footballing great Lionel Messi.
Arsenal recorded an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United on New Year’s Day in the Premier League, which was Mikel Arteta’s first victory as a manager.
Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored first-half goals for the North London club to help lift them to 10th in the league table.
Ozil is a player that has started all three of Arteta’s games in charge so far and looks like he will play an important role moving forward.
The attacking midfielder played in the creative role against Manchester United and showed some real class moments on the ball, despite being unable to directly influence a goal.
He’s yet to hit top form so far this season, with zero goals and two assists in 14 games across all competitions.
But there is definitely a renewed belief creeping into the German playmaker and the 31-year-old has shown in his career he’s a top-class talent on his day.
Gunners legend Dixon is excited to see Ozil progressing during the early stages of Arteta’s reign.
“I thought he was back to Mesut like we all want to see him play [against Manchester United],” Dixon told talkSPORT.
“He is a player who is so talented he doesn’t have to be sprinting, he just moves into space. Messi is similar he will walk into a space and you get him the ball.”
Arsenal will be a better team if creative genius Ozil can start pulling the strings again and they can build a strong side around him.
But the Messi comparison is extreme to say the least and there aren’t many footballers in history that can be put in the same sentence as him.
The Barcelona attacker is still running riot for the Spanish giants this season, scoring 15 goals and supplying nine assists in just 18 games across all competitions.
Ozil is capable of popping up in clever pockets of space and influencing the game at his own pace, but it’s on a totally different level.