Carl Jenkinson says West Ham United's Dimitri Payet is on the same level as Mesut Ozil

The Arsenal defender is a huge fan of the talented Frenchman.

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has claimed West Ham United star Dimitri Payet is as good as anyone he has played with at Arsenal.

The 23-year old – currently on his second season-long loan with the Hammers – appeared in a video on the Spencer FC Youtube channel and was asked how the Frenchman compared with the likes of Mesut Ozil and co.

“Being honest, I think he’s on that sort of level,” said Jenkinson. “He’s a special player, you don’t get many players like Dimi.

“Technically he’s one of the best I’ve seen and one of the best I’ve played with. His touch and his vision, and the amount of assists and goals he’s already got this season says it all really.”

The former Marseille man has needed no time to settle into the English game and already boasts a fantastic return of five goals and three assists in his nine Premier League appearances.

Payet has been instrumental in the Hammers excellent start to the season and on his current form will be viewed by the biggest clubs in Europe as one that got away.

Hammers fans will hope their talisman can fire them to new heights over the coming seasons, but he is bound to start attracting interest from the elite clubs of the game, should he maintain this level of performance.

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