Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini has named his teammate Mesut Ozil as one of the best players he's ever lined up alongside, saying that he's glad the German is finally proving to the world just how good he is.
Flamini called the 27-year-old one of the best he's ever played with, putting him right up there with his former teammates Andriy Shevchenko, Ronaldinho and Kaka. From just 19 league starts this season, Ozil already has 16 assists on top of his three goals, and looks set to smash the single-season Premier League assist record, with just five to go to pass Thierry Henry's mark from 2002/03.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Flamini said: “I’m very pleased for him. We all knew he was a top player but I’m glad he’s proving it every game. It’s very important to have him on our side because, as you can all see, he can make the difference at any time.
“He has been giving so many assists and has been making so much difference in the past few games, so it’s a pleasure to play next to him and it’s also a pleasure to watch him on the pitch. His vision is something that you don’t find very often, so he’s easily one of the best players I’ve ever played with.
“We are close friends and we have a good time on and off the pitch. That’s very important because, if you want to be able to perform, you have to feel happy in your head and feel confident off the pitch.
"I believe he is [happy] here and we have such a great atmosphere here that it makes it very easy for him to feel comfortable.”