Harry Redknapp describes Arsenal's Mesut Ozil as the invisible man, but it's a compliment

Harry Redknapp was pleased with Mesut Ozil's performance for Arsenal.

Former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp has praised Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.

He selected the German international in his Team of the Week, in the Telegraph.

Redknapp described Ozil as an 'invisible man', but actually offering the term as a compliment.

He said: "Like the Invisible Man: he gets into places where no-one sees him coming."

It is not the first time the term has been used to depict Ozil, but as shown in this Irish Independent article, it is usually used as a negative to discuss his failure to make an impact in big games.

He was instrumental in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, making more key passes than any othe player on the pitch, and was near perfect with his distribution throughout the game.

  PositionTeamKey Passes  Passing AccuracyMins Played
Mesut Özil MF Arsenal 5 98% 83

The attacking midfielder is Arsenal's record signing, and is expected to step up in each and every game he plays, but as Redknapp points out, it is the little things he does, allied with clever movement, which make him so difficult to detect for the opposition - but the downside is this can often see his hard work unappreciated when the results do not match his effort.

Manager Arsene Wenger was happy with his performance, telling Arsenal.com he saw new elements to his game.

He said: "He works harder than people thinks he does. He is not spectacular in his defending but he wants to do the job, he wants to help the team.

"What I liked in his game today was he made many runs without the ball behind the defenders, which is a bit new as he likes to come with the ball. Today he mixed up his game better."

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