Mesut Ozil has been hailed as the best passer in world football by his Arsenal teammate Bernd Leno.
The former Real Madrid playmaker signed a lucrative £350,000-a-week contract extension last January and appeared destined to commit the peak years of his career to the club he joined in 2013.
Ozil has failed to win over Arsene Wenger’s successor Unai Emery, however, and has featured only twice since Boxing Day due to a combination of illness, injury and tactical reasons.
The 30-year-old took a full part in first team training on Tuesday having missed last Saturday’s win at Huddersfield due to a sickness bug but was not included in the squad which flew to Belarus yesterday ahead of the Europa League match against BATE Borisov.
Arsenal have struggled for goals away from home in recent weeks and will miss Ozil’s ability to provide the killer ball again this evening, a fact apparently not lost on his German compatriot.
Asked to build his ideal footballer, Leno said: ‘For passing my ideal footballer would have the passing of Mesut Ozil because his left foot is amazing.
‘The passes and timing of the passe are always perfect and he always plays the last pass before the goal and has many assists.’