Paul Scholes has written in The Independent that he was impressed with Mesut Ozil’s performance against Manchester United on Monday.
The Arsenal playmaker started the FA Cup quarter-final tie at Old Trafford and played for the entire 90 minutes.
The Germany international was a star of the show for Arsenal, as the Gunners got the better of their arch-rivals 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals of the prestigious competition.
The 26-year-old had a pass accuracy of 81.4%, created one chance, put in two crosses, attempted five dribbles and made one clearance.
Former United midfielder Scholes was impressed with Ozil’s display at Old Trafford and wrote in The Independent: “I found myself agreeing with Arsene Wenger on Monday night.
“The Arsenal manager said last Friday that I would have loved to have played alongside Mesut Ozil – and that would be right, as long as Ozil played every week as well as he did at Old Trafford.”
Last week, Scholes had criticised Ozil in his weekly column in The Independent, claiming that the 2014 World Cup winner took “the easy option” by moving to Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
Wenger had hit back at the former England international and was quoted as saying by The Mirror: “I think a player like Paul Scholes would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil.”
It seems that Scholes is finally impressed with Ozil, who has actually been in good form since his return from a long injury layoff.
The former Werder Bremen star is one of the most talented and created players in Europe, but the problem is that he has lacked consistency since his move to the Premier League.
Last season Ozil scored five goals and created 76 chances in 26 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 88% and a shot accuracy of 75%.
So far this term, the former Madrid star has scored three goals and created 33 chances in 13 league matches, while having a pass accuracy of 87% and a shot accuracy of 50%.