Mourinho likens Ozil to Figo and Zidane, Arsenal now title challengers

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Chelsea boss has lauded Arsenal's record-breaking recruit.

Arsenal's £42.5m deadline day signing Mesut Ozil is a mixture of two first generation Galacticos, according to current Chelsea manager and former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who believes the trequartista has elements to his game that are distinctively reminiscent of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane.

'Ozil is unique,' the Daily Mail quoted Mourinho to have said. 'There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes.

'Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him.'

Arsenal laboured to a fourth place finish in the Premier League last season and their fans were frustrated for much of the summer transfer window as teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and even Liverpool significantly strengthened.

While Spurs and Liverpool have both revamped their first XI, the solitary addition of Ozil makes the Gunners genuine title contenders, according to the Blues boss, and it is because of this why he refused to do business with them over the short-term future of Demba Ba.

'We didn’t accept Arsenal’s offer for Ba because the signing of Ozil makes them title contenders.'

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