Arteta: Ozil is special - but this Arsenal star can reach the very top

Mikel Arteta has nothing but praise for one of his younger team-mates.

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta thinks Mesut Ozil is a 'special player' - but sees more potential in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Spaniard has heaped praise on £42.4 million man Ozil in light of recent criticism of the German, suggesting his own talent is what's causing him problems in the Premier League.

Indeed, Arteta believes Ozil is singled out by opposition defences because of his creativity - and thinks he is a special player.

"The opposition always try and stop you, so sometimes you don’t shine. And then people ask: 'Why don’t you shine? You didn’t do anything in the game.'" the Gunners skipper is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

"When that happens you get criticised, especially when it happens in big games. But you cannot deny Ozil is a special player: his movement, his calmness, his final ball is superb."

Arteta is much more excited, however, about a younger team-mate of his: the Ox.

On the player he describes as ‘one of my little joys,' he said: "The potential he has is second to none. If he really wants to, really focuses, he can go to the very top.

"He has the speed and skill to become an unbelievable winger, but he has the vision of a midfielder, and that’s very difficult to find. Defensively, he needs to improve, but he has time and people to help him."

Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the first north London derby of the season in today's late kick-off (5.30pm).

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