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Arsenal misfit Mesut Ozil has commented on the rise of young Emile Smith Rowe, who has recently shined in his number ten role on Mikel Arteta’s team.
The Gunners have had a rocky start to the season and many fans will question the wisdom of Arteta removing Ozil from their squad, with the German playmaker known for being a world-class creative talent in his day.
Still, Smith Rowe has recently come to the team and he seemed like an enormously promising talent, quite capable of giving Arsenal what Ozil used to give them in the offensive midfield department.
It is clear that Ozil has no hard feelings towards the 20-year-old, as he answered a question about him in a Q&A with fans on Twitter.
See below how Ozil praised Smith Rowe’s impact, saying that he has shown that playing with a number ten still has its place in modern soccer, despite being slightly less common in top teams in recent years.
He made a difference in the last two games as a number 10, really happy for him … and he showed that playing with a number 10 can still make sense in today’s football. ???@emilesmithrowe https://t.co/GDJeYTcSkz
– Mesut Özil (@ MesutOzil1088) January 11, 2021
It seems Ozil values Smith Rowe very much, and that’s a compliment for a promising young player.
Arsenal fans may never see Ozil representing them on the field again, but he conducted himself with class in yesterday’s question and answer session.