Sead Kolasinac has described Mesut Ozil as “one of the top players in Europe” as his Arsenal teammate looks for more regular gametime.
The pair missed the start of the season after being targeted by car-jackers, but Kolasinac has seen significantly more action than Ozil following their return to availability.
Ozil marked his return to the starting lineup with a starring role against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup in midweek, although Arsenal were eliminated after a penalty shootout.
Following his performance, there have been several calls for him to be brought back into the starting XI in the Premier League, and Kolasinac believes such a decision would be vital to Arsenal’s success.
“Mesut is a really driven player,” he told Premier League Productions (via The Mirror).
“He is a bit unhappy at the minute but you would never see that in his training. He is doing everything he can. He is doing extra sessions to make sure he is at the level he needs to be.
“Mesut is Mesut. He has got a lot of special qualities.
“For example, the opposing team might put two players on him rather than one – which creates a lot of space for others. That makes a real difference on the pitch and in the game.
“Everyone knows the quality he has, we have seen it. He is one of the top players in Europe and I think he can achieve a lot and really help the team further when he’s back.”