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Arsenal star Martin Odegaard agrees with Matteo Guendouzi on Mesut Ozil

Daily Mirror
 2021-09-18
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Martin Odegaard echoed Matteo Guendouzi by labelling Mesut Ozil "amazing" while responding to his comparisons with the former Arsenal No.10.

Ozil registered 44 goals and 77 assists during seven-and-a-half seasons with the Gunners before leaving for Turkish club Fenebahce under acrimonious circumstances this January.

Although he fell out with Mikel Arteta towards the end of his time at the Emirates, Ozil remains one of the most-gifted players to have represented Arsenal in the 21st century.

He received a glowing report from then-teammate Guendouzi as his departure for Fenerbahce was confirmed, with the 22-year-old describing Ozil as one of Germany's greatest playmakers.

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Matteo Guendouzi heaped praise on Mesut Ozil as he departed for Fenerbahce ( Image: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

"Mesut Ozil is a great role model and a brother to me," Guendouzi told Bild . "For me, Ozil is clearly the best German player. And he’s one of the best tens in the history of German football.

"At Arsenal, he immediately took me under his wing and gave me a lot of tips. That’s why he’s like a big brother to me."

Guendouzi added: "I have a lot of respect for him as a footballer, but also as a person. He’s a person I admire.

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"Even during my time at Hertha [Berlin on loan], we were always in contact, often writing to each other or talking on the phone. At the end of my career I want to have a resume full of titles and trophies.

"That's why I play football so I can experience these unique moments like winning the Champions League or the World Cup."

Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan in January and sealed a permanent transfer to the Emirates for £30million this summer.

The Norwegian drew comparisons to Ozil after his impressive start at the north London club, although he was keen to shoot those down as he spoke on Thursday.

"I don’t like too much the comparisons but he was one of my favourite players when I was young and I also admired him as a player," Odegaard told Stadium Astro .

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Martin Odegaard responded to being likened to Mesut Ozil

"His qualities are amazing so it’s nice to hear people say things like that but I don’t think too much about it and I try to be myself and play my own game."

Odegaard has made three appearances for Arsenal this season, picking up an assist in the 6-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion in the second round of the Carabao Cup last month.

Ozil, meanwhile, has scored twice and assisted once in six appearances for Fenerbahce and was on the scoresheet in the 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.

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