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Arsenal starlet: Ozil is brilliant, 'trying to adapt' to be more like him

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German youngster Serge Gnabry has admitted that Mesut Ozil has a massive influence on his game.

Following the Gunner’s 2-0 loss at the hands of Bayern Munich, pundits and fans alike have questioned Arsenal’s record £42.4m signing’s current mental state at the club.

For the first few months of the season, Ozil looked every bit as good as the £42.4m spent on him, yet since the turn of year it has been a snowball of problems that is getting bigger and bigger.

One thing going in Ozil’s favour is that he is surrounded by a close-knit group who will support their teammates and fellow staff to the hilt.

Fellow German internationals Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have already publically backed their teammate, and now Arsenal’s young German prospect Serge Gnabry also had words for encouragement, saying:

"He's a big part of our team, he helps the team create something up front and he's just a very special player.”

“He's a strong person. Obviously you are disappointed when you miss a penalty in such an important game but that's football.”

Serge Gnabry – a German U19 international – signed for Arsenal as a 15-year-old and has since played through the youth teams to reach the first-team squad.

The attacking midfielder has started five Premier League games so far this season, netting his first ever professional goal during Arsenal’s impressive 2-1 victory at Swansea City. Predominantly a right-sided attacking winger, he admits to watching his German teammate Mesut Ozil in awe in training, saying:

"I've picked up a lot of things from him. He's a brilliant offensive player. I'm trying to watch his game and trying to adapt to what he does in a game.”

“He's just a brilliant player and it's nice to have him in and around the team."

The youngster still has a long way to go before becoming a permanent fixture in Arsenal’s starting XI, but if he can take snippets of Ozil’s passing game and add it to his trickery, Arsenal will have a brilliant player on their books.

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