Jack Wilshere has lavished praise on Mesut Ozil, admitting he was surprised Arsenal managed to sign such a quality player.
Ozil arrived at the Emirates on transfer deadline day in September 2013 after Real Madrid accepted an offer of around £42.4 million for his services.
The Germany international, who has won the World Cup and the FA Cup twice, is on a scintillating run of form with 13 assists already this season and Wilshere admits it’s a privilege to play alongside the 27-year-old.
“I think we knew what sort of player Mesut was,” he told the club’s official website.
“His history as a player and the clubs he has played for… to bring him in to play with us was massive.
“I remember watching [the TV on] transfer deadline day and seeing that Arsenal were interested in Mesut Ozil, and you almost didn’t believe it. When he arrived the players were buzzing and the fans were buzzing and I think that gave us all a massive lift.
“I watched him for a few years, he was another player who started off young and went to a big club like Real Madrid.
“I remember watching him a few times and thinking that this player really understands football. You can tell he really understands football and to play alongside him is something special.”