Mesut Ozil has told Sky Sports that Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka is a great player with talents few in the game are able to match.
The pair played together in north London following Saka’s breakthrough under Unai Emery during the 2018/19 term. They played 17 fixtures alongside one another, including after Mikel Arteta’s appointment, but never connected for a goal.
But Ozil got to know Saka well during his time at Arsenal before leaving for Fenerbahce in January. The German has got off to a slow start in Turkey, however, with the 32-year-old failing to score and only offering one assist in 11 appearances across all competitions.
From getting to know Saka, Ozil believes the Arsenal product has the character to bounce back from his England heartache. The teenager was disconsolate after missing his penalty in the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final shoot-out defeat to Italy.
Ozil also believes Saka has immense talent for someone who is 19-years-old, and considers the Arsenal gem a rare breed.
“Bukayo is a modest young player. I have gotten to know him as a very determined young man who works very hard for his dream and does everything he can to achieve it,” Ozil said.
“Bukayo is blessed with a talent that not many have. If he remains as humble and determined as he already is, I am a hundred per cent convinced that he has a great future ahead of him and can become a great player.
“He’s really a great talent. And I’m sure that there are going to be many more big matches for the English national team for him in the future.”
Ozil confident Saka to bounce back for England and Arsenal
Ozil is clearly confident Saka will bounce back from his England heartache to deliver for Arsenal and the Three Lions. It also speaks volumes of the person Saka is that he left such an impression on Ozil as a teenager.
It will take a lot for Saka to bounce back, however. Missing the penalty in the Euro 2020 final is the biggest setback he has so far faced in his career.
But if Saka can overcome the heartache – like Ozil expects – Arsenal and England will be better off for it. His career has already been on a rapid rise, to be a star for Arteta and Gareth Southgate. And he should only get better.