Arsenal's Mesut Ozil sprints faster than Arjen Robben, say FIFA

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Arsenal star's optimum quarter-final speed bettered the acclaimed flying Dutchman.

Without Theo Walcott in the side last season, Arsenal appeared to lack pace across the whole team.

Yet one Mesut Ozil has managed to demonstrate at the World Cup that he possesses speed up there with the very best.

FIFA records show that the playmaker clocked a top speed of 32 kilometres per hour in Germany's 1-0 quarter final against France.

Only Shkodran Mustafi and Mats Hummels in the German squad have run faster, at 32.9 k/ph and 32.3 k/ph.

Ozil's sprint speed puts him above several notable names, including Neymar (31.8 k/ph), Cristiano Ronaldo (31.2 k/ph) and Wayne Rooney (30.7 k/ph).

He is also ranked above Arjen Robben, with the Dutchman's top speed registered at 31.6 k/ph. It was claimed earlier in the tournament that Robben had reached 37 k/ph but this was not deemed official by FIFA

Ozil's speed is only marginally lower than Theo Walcott's top registered pace. FIFA records show the Arsenal's high has clocked 32,7 k/ph. Manchester United's Antonio Valencia came out top in a recent study with 35.2 k/ph.

The fastest player at the World Cup so far is Costa Rica's Junior Diaz who registered 33.8 k/ph.

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