In the type of statement that would usually be deserving of a slap across the chops, Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil reminds him of the incomparably lush demi-god Robert Pires.
Presumably talking in the football rather than physical sense, for reasons more obvious than are necessary to outline, the boss underlined how the German midfielder can take heart from the ex-Gunners’ Premier League legacy.
“I believe that he has a personality,” said Wenger, seemingly quite chuffed that he’s not signed a robot.
“He works quite hard,” he continued, which sounds to Arseblog News like a back-handed compliment if ever there was one.
“He is adapting to the physical challenges of the Premier League. He looks to me like Pires.
“It took a while for Pires to adapt to the physical side of the game. Once he had adapted he was absolutely amazing. He is a similar type of player.”
Robert Pires scored 84 goals in 284 appearances for Arsenal. He won the Double in 2002, scored the winner in the FA Cup in 2003, was an Invincible in 2004, Cup winner again in 2005. Oh and a World Cup and European Championship winner to boot. It’s fair to say that for all Mesut’s talent and his impressive CV, if he achieves even half of what Bobby did he’ll be deserving of a pat on the back.
He can start tonight by making John Terry cry.