One Arsenal star praises another as Wilshere explains Ozil's all-round game deserves commendation.
Assist-machine Mesut Ozil is never far from the headlines and the German's consistent form, that has adapted with ease from the demanding Real Madrid and La Liga pitches to the competitive and physical Premier League, has been a consistent point of discussion within the British press, both online and offline.
With 338 minutes of Premier League football behind him, a near 90% passing accuracy, a hat-trick of assists and 16 chances created, it is easy to wax lyrical over the 24-year-old's attack-minded prowess, however, Jack Wilshere has been quick to mention that the player's all-round game and, in particular, his contributions at the other end of the park, are equally as deserving of high praise.
'Mesut seems to have fitted in straight away so we're looking strong at the minute,' Wilshere began when speaking with Arsenal Player recently.
Ozil has attempted six tackles (one per 56 minutes of football in the division), completing three of them, whilst also winning blocks and over half of his personal duels, both aerial and on the floor. But, most of all, it's also his intelligence on and off the ball, together with his appreciation of space, that allows his team-mates to flourish in defensive and attacking positions.
'I think when you watch him press you can tell that he's played for a top team and he's been taught how to defend properly,' said Wilshere. 'I think you really notice that about him and hopefully we can learn off him on when to press and when not to. He's been at a big club and he's got that experience so he's great for us.'
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