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Arsenal manager backs Ozil for Ballon d’Or glory

Wenger says Ozil will soon challenge the likes of Messi and Ronaldo for international glory.

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal’s club-record signing Mesut Ozil will one day win the Ballon d’Or.

Germany international Ozil, who joined Arsenal for £42 million in September, has made the 23-man shortlist for the world player of the year award after an outstanding start to his career at the Emirates.

Ozil has already scored three times for Wenger’s side, and played a key role again as Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0 at the weekend to go five points clear at the top of the table.

This year’s award is likely to come too soon for Ozil – he is up against the likes of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

However, Wenger is convinced that Ozil will become one of the world’s best players in the near future, and believes that individual awards are not far away.

“Is he good enough to win it in the future? I think, yes,” said Wenger.

“What he brings to the team is exceptional technical quality, his vision, his absolute desire to play collectively with other players in a strong way.

“He is a player who has only one master and that is football. That means he does always what the game demands. His ego does not stand in the way of his game. All the great players have that.”

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