HENRIKH MKHITARYAN has given Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil a massive thumbs up.
The Armenian international told Arsenal Player: “Everyone knows that Mesut is one of the best players in the world.
“It’s only happiness and joy to play next to him because he understands very well the football game.
"He has great vision, he has amazing technique and he’s the best in his position.”
Mkhitaryan, 29, and German World Cup winner Ozil have the makings of a terrific midfield partnership.
Former Manchester United player Mkhitaryan made an impressive start to life in North London.
He laid on three assists in the 5-1 hammering of Everton on his home debut.
But Mkhitaryan was far less impressive at Wembey last weekend as Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss to Tottenham.
Ozil recently ended transfer speculation linking him with United by signing a new three-and-a-half year contract extension worth up to £350,000-a-week.
And Arsenal also signed £56million Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, a former teammate of Mkhitaryan at Borussia Dortmund. The two players are great pals.
“We did not have too much time to train together [before the Everton game],” said Mkhitaryan.
“He came a bit late, like two games before the game and he had been training only twice.
Two days wasn’t enough to remember all the stuff that we did together but in the game it worked very well.
“I thought it could only be in a dream that we could join another club other than Dortmund but I am very happy for that.
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"I know him very well, he is one of my best friends and one of the best team-mates I have ever had.
“I am very happy to have him here and I think all the fans are happy to see him in an Arsenal shirt. What can I say? I love playing with him.”
On Thursday Mkhitaryan will be with Arsenal at Ostersunds in Sweden, where the Gunners face the first leg of their round of 32 Europa League match.
For it is looking increasingly unlikely that the Emirates outfit will qualify with a top four Premier League finish.